GHAZIABAD: After floating tenders for five times, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) has finally received a single bid from a private firm for the Rs 12-crore biodiversity park project. Work on the park – planned on 63 acres of land near the Mahamaya stadium – will begin in another 15 days and is expected to be complete in a year, officials have said.
The foundation stone of the project, aimed at expanding the city’s green cover, was laid by UP’s urban development minister Ashutosh Tandon in August 2021. Since then, the GMC had floated tenders for five times, but the project failed to take off in the absence of a consensus. “Work on the project will finally start soon, likely in 15 days, and it will take a year for the park to be fully ready,” a GMC official told TOI.
According to the plan, the park will boast of a pond across an area of 2.5 acres, apart from Rose Garden, Medicinal Udyan, Knowledge Garden, Vasant Vatika, Navgraha Vatika, Sharad Vatika and Bal Vatika. “Normally in society parks, ornamental plants or shrubs are planted. But in the proposed park, we will have ample scope to plant big fruit-bearing trees,” said the official.
Around 450 species of plants with fruits, flowers and ornamentals will be planted in this park, officials said. “There will be cycas, bamboo, orchids and medicinal plants. We will also create a cycle track, a small children’s playground and a parking space for visitors,” he added. As for catering to the water needs of the proposed park, officials said that a drain flowing by its side will be treated and supplied.
City-based environmentalist Sushil Raghav, however, said, “The proposed park was conceived almost three years ago and at that time it was the GDA’s plan. As the land in question is in GMC’s possession, the civic body didn’t give its consent. The inter-departmental rivalry has already led to a delay and in the meantime, pollution levels have shot up. Just hope that this time around, the project will see the light of the day.”