Butterfly garden planned at Yeoor forest
An information centre and signages will give details to visitors about the colourful insects; TMC will maintain the park
THANE: Here is good news for nature lovers in the city.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has proposed a butterfly garden at the foothills of Yeoor forest. The garden will also have a butterfly information centre to educate the residents about the different species of butterflies found in the city forest.
Over 70 species of butterflies are found in Yeoor. The world’s largest moth, Atlas Moth, and India’s smallest butterfly, grass jewel, are both sighted in Yeoor.
Manish Pradhan, pollution control officer of TMC, said, “Blue Mormon, is the state butterfly declared by the government of Maharashtra. This butterfly is commonly sighted in the Yeoor forest, however not many are aware about it. To educate people regarding the rich species of these winged wonders, we have planned to develop a butterfly garden.”
The TMC had developed a nature park at Mullah Baugh nearly a decade ago at the Manpada gate of the Yeoor forest. The park is at the foothills of Yeoor hills.
She added, “The total area of the park is 10 acres which is divided in two parts. One is a huge eight-acre plot which is developed as a nature garden with seating arrangements, amphitheatre and gardens. The two-acre plot is an untouched forest which we plan to develop into a butterfly park.”
The corporation will plant citrus trees such as lime, amla and orange and nectar-producing flowers at this plot to attract the butterflies.
“Often, the pesticides sprayed in gardens to kill mosquitoes also kill the larvae of the butterflies decreasing their numbers. We will ban any spraying of pesticide and also arrange for water for these butterflies. There will also be butterfly information centre and signages so that people will know the names and information of the butterflies they sight,” Pradhan said.
The civic authority had developed a small area in Kopri’s nature park few years ago, but this will be the first full-fledged butterfly garden. The budget for the garden is Rs50 lakh and the corporation will itself develop and maintain it. There will be no entrance fee for the residents to the park.
THE TWO-ACRE PARK IS AN UNTOUCHED FOREST WHICH TMC PLANS TO DEVELOP INTO A BUTTERFLY PARK