Haridwar: Rajaji National Park which is distinct for its pristine scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity is all set to get rid of fast growing Parthenium weed (Congress grass, Gajar ghas) and Lantana weed. The park authorities have already forwarded a proposal in this regard to the state government and started their preparations for plugging out both dangerous weeds soon after monsoon end.

Both Congress grass and Lantana have rapidly spread across several areas in the park. Spread over an area of 820.42 km, Rajaji National park has nine ranges. Giving an incongruous look to the surroundings, Lantana weeds have spread across an area of 40,000 hectares.  

In the Dhaulkhand range, the Congress grass occupies 605 hectare area, Dhaulkhand west has 370 hectare area covered with herbs and wild weeds. The Chillawali range has 480 hectare of land covered with weeds. Similar is the case in the other six ranges.

Congress grass is spread over in an area of more than 5,000 hectares.

Both Lantana and Congress grass are extremely harmful for fertile land. An acid in the root of these weeds can end the fertility of any agricultural land.

In order to give a new and clean look to the park, the park officials have directed the range authorities to get rid of the weed. Wild life warden SB Lal said, “We have already sent a proposal to the government and soon we are going to start a campaign.”