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Haryana decides to develop North India's biggest Butterfly park in Gurugram

November 12, 2017 02:59 PM

Punjab News Express/SK.Vyas
CHANDIGARH: In Haryana, North India’s biggest Butterfly Conservatory Park would be developed on about 15 acres of land in Sector 52 of Gurugram.

Haryana Forest Department is setting up this Park to conserve depleting species of Butterfly because of massive urbanization in the area. This Park is being developed in the association of an NGO, Uthaan and it would be established in about one year.

The Conservatory Park would have information cum demo center, larvae/pupae area, cluster plots having Host plant species and nectar plant species, greenhouse for in-house propagation, office-cum-record room, floral park, Nakshatra Garden, nursery area, Glow Worm Conservation Area, canteen and Souvenir Shop.

There are approximately 15 indigenous species so far identified by the survey team in this area. The endeavor is to create such natural environmental condition conducive to multiplication by providing good host plants around the year and preventing pests which eat larvae and eggs of a butterfly. Usually, such plants are limited to few months of the year, depending upon temperature and humidity but here in this park plethora of plant species are being planned in such a way that butterflies get host plants as well as nector plant throughout the year.

After laying the foundation stone of the Conservatory Park, Forests Minister, Rao Narbir Singh said that butterfly thrives naturally on green flowering plants. It would showcase scientific study of butterfly in addition to creating the green area for Gurugram.

Another feature of this project is setting up a Glow Worm (Jugnu) section being created to showcase glow worms in the natural environment, which can be seen during dark hours.

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