New Delhi: In an attempt to preserve natural heritage of the riverfront of the Yamuna, which has been eroded owing to rapid urbanization along the river bank, the government has decided to set up biodiversity Park to revive the ecosystem in this area.

The lost flora and fauna of the Yamuna bank could now be spotted very soon, as Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has directed the DDA and DU officials to start the work on Phase II of the Yamuna Bio Diversity Project. 

A team of experts has been formed to revive the natural heritage along the Yamuna river under Phase II of the Yamuna Bio Diversity Project. Different species of birds and plants could be seen on 300 acres of land of the Yamuna banks after the completion of the project.

Delhi Development Authority and Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems of Delhi University started work together on the Yamuna Bio Diversity Project in 2003. Under the supervision of country’s eminent ecologist C R Babu, a team of seven scientists and DDA officials is working in this direction.
 
The scientists will develop plantations and greenery which would attract different species of birds and insects that will lead to formation of ecosystem along the Yamuna river.

In the first phase of the project, Yamuna Bio Diversity Park was established on 157 acres of land in outer Delhi with a 1.8 kilometer lake.

Working on this project, scientist Muhammad Faisal said, “The lake at the park is visited by 3000-5000 Siberian birds annually. This lake is the only one in Delhi-NCR that is visited by 30-40 European Red Crystal bird. The park is home to 190 species of birds. Earlier only 2 species of butterflies were found here which have gone up to 55.”

JPN/Bureau