It seemed that authority is leaving no stone unturned in bringing the city on tourists map. After the establishment of the hotspots like FI Racing court, Golf Course and Cricket Stadium, authority is developing a ‘paradise for bird lovers’. It is developing a massive are of around 330 hectares in Surajpur (under Greater Noida) as a bird sanctuary, which they believe will serve as a perfect breeding ground for the birds and subsequently will attract the migratory birds.
The work for developing the barren land into a bird sanctuary is going on war-footing bases. It is perhaps for the first time more than one agency is involved in a single project. The agencies—Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Forest Department are collectively making efforts to revamp the barren area into a lively bird sanctuary. The bird sanctuary named Surajpur Wetland and Bio Diversity Park— by the Forest Department is being developed in vast 330 hectares of land including 110 hectares of wetlands in Surajpur, around 5 kilometres from Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority. Why the agencies selected this place? It’s because it is the only place in the whole area having over 110 hectares of wetland and have large amount of elephant grass, which is known for providing best environment to the migratory birds during mating season. “The location is undoubtedly a best location for the development of a paradise for migratory birds. At the same time it become our duty to develop the park in a natural way rather than opting any artificial methods and set ups,” said Dr Umesh Chandra, Manager Horticulture, GNIDA.
It is for the same reason the agencies are developing the park in a natural way, means to utilize the natural resources. At the same time the officials involved are also making efforts to retain the natural resources. Rather than constructing a road, the agencies preferred to develop a nature trail, which will take the visitors via dense forest to the wetland area, for re-creation of the forest around 11,52000 trees of different species are being sown to give it a look of dense forest. Apart from it, artificial dam is erected of 1 metre height which will help in retaining the rain water within the lake, the gate, watchtowers to keep an eye on birds, Nature Interpretation Centre to keep the records of all the birds are also being developed in the park.
Recalling the days when the work of the park began, Dr Asghar Nawab, Project Cordinator said, “Earlier the influx of the birds was quite low. I past two years since the work started the influx of the migratory birds have been increased to manifold, which is really appreciable.”Pointing out some of the migratory birds Nawab said, the birds like Painted Spork, Openbill spork, White and black neck spork, Crane, Purple moorhen, Grey and purple heron, Pond and night heron are some of the common migratory birds which could be seen here.”
The area would not only be a heaven for the birds but will also be a paradise for the bird lovers as it would going to be the favourite destinations for those who prefer to study birds. The area is expected to get completed in next two years. “The estimated time for the completion of the work is around 2013. It is expected by that time the influx of the migratory birds might increase several times more,” concluded Dr Umesh Chandra, Manager Horticulture.
Bird Sanctuary at a glance—
Established in Surajpur, 5 km from GNIDA
Agencies involved- GNIDA, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Forest Department.
Spread in 330 hectares including 110 hectares of wet land.
Nature trail is being developed which will take the visitors via dense forest to the wetland area.
For re-creation of the forest around 11,52000 trees of different species are being sown to give it a look of dense forest.
Artificial dam is erected of 1 metre height which will help in retaining the rain water within the lake, the gate, watchtowers to keep an eye on birds.
Nature Interpretation Centre to keep the records of all the birds are also being developed in the park.