But­ter­fly habi­tat takes flight at Ur­ban Haat

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Visi­tors at Ur­ban Haat now have an­other rea­son to visit the cul­tural hub cen­ter.

Ini­ti­ated by the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) and Kharghar-based non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Lady Bird Con­sult­ing, a but­ter­fly habi­tat has been cre­ated for con­ser­va­tion of but­ter­flies.

The space has been cre­ated on an area of 2000 square feet area to at­tract but­ter­flies and help in pre­serv­ing them.

Along with Cidco and the en­vi­ron­men­tal firm, the ini­tia­tive has been co-or­gan­ised by na­ture lovers and vol­un­teers from United Way, an en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion NGO.

“We planted around 100 saplings last month. Five species of nec­tar and host plants of but­ter­flies were cho­sen to add charm to the ex­ist­ing gar­den at Ur­ban Haat. The aim of this project which is a three year project, in­tends to sup­port but­ter­fly con­ser­va­tion by cre­at­ing more space for but­ter­flies,” said V Shubhalaxmi, founder of Lady Bird Con­sult­ing.

In the next few months, once the plants es­tab­lish in the spot, the team will start con­duct­ing a but­ter­fly ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes among the schools of Navi Mum­bai.

Schools will be en­cour­aged to use iBut­ter­fly mo­bile app for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of but­ter­flies and the data would be fed to the mas­ter data­base on lady bird con­sult­ing web­site.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, we would also as­sess the lo­cal but­ter­fly pop­u­la­tion at the site through­out the project pe­riod,” said Shubhalaxmi.

Around five species of nec­tar and host plants of but­ter­flies were cho­sen to add charm to the ex­ist­ing gar­den at Ur­ban Haat.

V SHUBHALAXMI, founder, Lady Bird Con­sult­ing

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