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Bio-diversity park ready since April, but yet to be inaugurated


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.

 Over the past year, we have converted a garbage dump yard into a green space, this in a way is adding to the city’s green lungs. We have not only turned this wasteland into an environmental and educational hub, but have also saved 5.26Ha of creekside land from being encroached. Because of this park, we expect the emission of water pollutants from this side of the creek to reduce as well,” said Satish Phale, deputy director of the social forestry department.This is a massive achievement, especially for such a small time frame, and it is essential that it is inaugurated at the hands of the forest minister himself. We completed most of the work a couple of months ago and have been approaching the forest minister to give us a date where he is free to come down and inaugurate the first-of-its-kind bio-diversity park in Thane. It was supposed to be inaugurated on August 29, but had to be postponed indefinitely as the minister was busy,” added a district official.


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