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Foundation of biodiversity park laid

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NEW DELH1, FEB. 22. The foundation stone of the 277 hectares Aravali Biodiversity Park, which will preserve the extinct biotic communities found earlier in the Aravali Ranges, was laid by the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, here in Vasant Kunj on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Advani said the development of the Biodiversity Park was an able step in the direction of upgradation of the environment .

Lauding the role of Delhi Development Authority and the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, C.R. Babu, in developing the unique park, he quoted Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's words that the society should be developed in an integrated manner and the development should be holistic.

Referring to the development of another Biodiversity Park on the banks of the Yamuna, Mr Advani said by taking up such environmental upgradation projects DDA has shown that it not only constructs houses but is also developing the city in an integrated manner.

Hoping that the concept would be replicated and emulated by the other States, he also suggested that a film giving information about the concept and its objective be made and shown to all the visitors who visit the Park so that the awareness regarding the benefits of such a project are understood.

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Vijai Kapoor, said the Aravali Biodiversity Park - whose wall has been constructed -- was unique as it was a green space conceived to rejuvenate and restore extinct biotic communities so that a proper relationship between nature and human beings was established. Noting that the Botany Department of Delhi University under Prof. Babu had helped in development of the technical content of the Rs 60 crore project, he called upon the public to visit it as also the Millennium Park and the Yamuna Biodiversity Park to benefit from the information provided there.

Prof. Babu, while giving details about the project, said its object was to preserve natural heritage by recreation of biodiversity and extinct biotic communities without which there is no life as the provide oxygen, recycle waste which we generate, purify water and play an important role in providing rain and other life-supporting systems.

Averring that thousands of species will be created and nurtured in the Aravali Biodiversity Park, he said it will have besides about 30 biotic communities and 2000 to 3,000 species, it will also have water bodies, a rock garden, a butterfly park and a safari park. The gathering was also informed that the Yamuna Biodiversity Park in Wazirabad, which came up on an area of 160 acres, will be further extended to 500 acres in the near future.

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