Snakes enter Noida localities; residents blame felling of trees
Noida: After trees were chopped for the creation of a biodiversity part in Sector 91, residents of nearby societies have a new problem on their hands. Many of them have complained that animals and reptiles are entering the societies, perhaps looking for a new habitat after green cover was lost. According to the residents, their lives are in danger, as instances of snakes entering houses have also increased.
Residents, while protesting against the felling of trees, have also asked the authorities to maintain existing parks before developing new ones.
Nikhat Tyagi, who lives in a residential society in Sector 93A, said residents of many societies or sectors prefer to visit parks located within their own gated compounds or their own sectors, since they feel safe there. There is no sense in developing a park by chopping the forest, he said.
“In the master plan for 2021, the land is dedicated for the forest. In the draft of the 2031 master plan, the land is chosen for the park but it hasn’t been approved yet. So, the question
Noida Authority first issued a tender for cutting trees. A second tender was for planting saplings. The third was for maintenance. All this is just a money-making exercise. Nikhat Tyagi, Resident of Sector 93A
is, how are the authorities making a park without any approval. The NCR planning department is yet to give its approval,” Tyagi said.
He added that trees were chopped during the night. “They first issued a tender for cutting trees. A second tender was for planting saplings. The third was for maintenance of plants. All this is just a moneymaking exercise,” he said.
“The Noida authority has been apathetic towards animals. They did not think about the animals, or think about the lost habitats when the trees were being cut. Now it’s a real worry. We don’t know if the animals will return to the forests or not,” another resident said.
A plantation drive by the Noida Authority on Wednesday