THANE: It’s over four months that a 5.26 Ha garbage dump along the creek at Saket was transformed into a unique bio-diversity park, the openspace is yet to be inaugurated and thrown open to the public.
Officials from the district administration said that while the park is essentially complete, it needs to be inaugurated at the hands of dignitaries including the state forest minister Sudhir Mugantiwar and that they have been waiting for a day when he gets free to grace the occasion.
A major part of the project which was conceptualised and initiated in February last year by the SFD department, under the guidance of the then collector Ash555555555wini Joshi, as an attempt to beautify the ugly dumping areas along the Thane Creek and provide citizens with a space for recreation, environmental education and to instil a desire in them conserve the creek belt, was completed late April 2017.
This Late Uttam Rao Patil Biodiveristy Park boasts of a bamboo plantation section, a butterfly garden, medicinal garden and plant nursery, a rose garden, a Nakshatravan, a mangrove walkway, a nature information centre and so on.In addition to the variety of plants, flowers and herbs here, the park also hosts a unique and functional Phytorid project, set up by NEERI, which sucks up the drainage water from the nallahs that flow between the five phases and purifies it. This water is then used to water the plants in the park making it a self-sustainable model
While the officials had said that the smaller work would be completed by mid-May, after which it would be thrown open to the public, the gates of the unique bio-diversity rich hub are yet to open four months down the line.