Snakes en­ter Noida lo­cal­i­ties; res­i­dents blame felling of trees

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

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

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