The Aravali bio-diversity park is situated right at the entrance of Gurgaon from New Delhi on the MG road; Guru Dronacharya is the nearest metro station. This 600 acre site was once a mining and quarrying site in the 1990s and was converted to a mini forest by careful ecological conservation by a group of concerned citizens and the Municipal Council of Gurgaon
IAmGurgaon sent out a call to plant one million trees on this bare arid land which was then taken up by scores of school children and corporates alike. In 2011 when I moved back to Gurgaon, I too helped in planting a few trees here in the hope to see a green space take wings.
Through painstaking efforts of IAmGurgaon and MCG, this park took shape of a fully fledged green land where about 183 species of birds can be sighted today. Aravali park was officially opened on 5th June 2010 which is also the World Environment Day but work has continued in it since past 8 years.
A judicious selection of the native trees were planted here while the invasive ones were uprooted and removed. Drip irrigation system was installed to nurture the newly planted forest and two nurseries were set up to aid the plantation efforts. Recharging of water harvesting pits was also taken up to help raise the ground water table.
So much love and effort has gone into converting this barren land into a green paradise, replete with an amphitheatre where cultural shows are put up from time to time. It is a hot favourite amongst runners, bird watchers and naturalists who can be seen thronging this park on most weekends.
Imagine the horror inflicted on us when we woke up to the news of NHAI proposing to build a 6-lane highway cutting through the Aravali park. Disbelief over the blatant disregard by the authorities for environment and growing pollution threw the citizens into a tizzy.
About 1200 strong crowd gathered on Sunday 28th October 2018 at about 7 AM at the amphitheater to protest this ludicrous decision of NHAI. A group of artists had set up some hard-hitting posters on environment and pollution even as school children took the stage to voice their pleas to not destroy this precious green space.
Our sincere hope is that the government wakes up to the horror they are about to inflict on all of us by wrecking this green lung. Our cities have become hubs of concrete jungles and having a small slice of heaven in form of such a forest is a huge blessing. On top of this, North India struggles with poor air quality at the onset of winters every year. The farmers take to burning crops at this time and the winds blow the noxious fumes to Delhi NCR, decreasing visibility and air quality to an all time low.
Help up in raising awareness about this monstrous government decision to stop them from destroying our precious bio diversity park. We need for our voices to reach the right ears and in time.
#NAHItoNHAI #saveABDP #AravaliBioDiversityPark
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