Eco Park, spread over 480 acres with a 104-acre waterbody, that was inaugurated in December 2012 has developed a rich biodiversity. The West Bengal Biodiversity Board released a report on the present biodiversity of the park on the occasion of International Owl Awareness Day on Sunday.
The board has prepared this report over the past year. West Bengal Biodiversity Board chairman A K Sanyal, who was present on the occasion, said, “We have some interesting findings in our study of Eco Park’s biodiversity. Till now, we have found several varieties and species of plants, vertebrates and insects here. We expect the biodiversity here to grow richer in the days to come.”
Till now, about 99 species of plants, 109 species of vertebrates and 131 species of insects have been found in Eco Park. Hidco officials had held a meeting with the forest department, West Bengal Biodiversity Board, the state zoo authorities and fisheries department last May, following which the board had commenced the study.
Several teams visited strategic places of the park between July 2018 and June 2019 at different times of the day to record and register the findings.
Hidco authorities have also set up a butterfly park and a deer park and aquaculture is carried out in the waterbody. Over the years, the authorities have set up Rabi Aranya, a rose garden, a bamboo garden and a tropical tree garden as well.
“We had earlier carried out an overall tree census of New Town, in which 22,800 tall trees were recorded. Interestingly, two species of owl have also been found. Another part of the report on the biodiversity in Eco Park will be published soon. It has been our endeavour to develop the biodiversity of the area,” said Hidco chairman Debashis Sen.
Source: Times of India