Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to increase the area of the biodiversity park on the Sabarmati Riverfront from the existing 16,000 sq metres to 56,000 sq metres.
The park after the expansion will be spread in 4.5 hectares. The officials said that the plantation in the diversity park will be done using the Miyawaki method. Two to four trees will be planted per square metre. Miyawaki forests grow in two to three years and are self-sustaining. They help in lowering temperatures, reducing air and noise pollutions.
The officials in the AMC said the biodiversity park serves as an ideal alternative habitat for migratory and resident bird species and has come up at the edge of Vasna Barrage and near the Ambedkar Bridge. It has more than 5,000 trees and has endangered species of trees.
The officials said that in the 16,000 sq metres area the park has endangered plants like rubber, rudraksha, aritha, kailashpati, raktachandan, sesame, grape etc. “The park will have rare species like puntrajiva, timbaru, sindoor, siris, umro, sandalwood, raktachandan as well as fruit-bearing species, which will attract more birds,” said officials.
In addition, more than 75,000 trees are planned to be planted in the commercial plots and in the central verge of the riverfront area. The AMC has set itself a target of 1,35,000 trees which will be planted on the riverfront.