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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.


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