The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has adjusted the lighting system at Eco Park in New Town, keeping in view the suggestions of the West Bengal Biodiversity Board that had suggested the authorities to turn off lights in and around the park after 10pm to protect the bird life and overall biodiversity. The new modified lighting system for Eco Park has been introduced from the last weekend.
Hidco officials said that the lighting system has been modified with timers and a standard operating procedure has been chalked out that will put off all high mast and periphery lights after 10pm everyday. From the peak evening-time power consumption of 442KW, including all high mast, periphery and security lights, power consumption in Eco Park has now been reduced to 105KW after 10pm.
“The new lighting arrangements for Eco Park has been done following the recommendations of the West Bengal Biodiversity Board, which has recently released the biodiversity report of Eco Park. The report mentions that Eco Park already has a rich variety of biodiversity, including 57 different species of birds. Keeping off lights as much as possible will help maintain the bird population in the area,” a Hidco official said.
Apart from reducing lights in and around Eco Park, the authorities are also putting up no-horn signages at different points on the service lane and main road surrounding Eco Park. “The biodiversity board has also recommended to keep the noise level as low as possible. ‘No honking’ boards will be put up and motorists will be requested not to honk, specially after dark,” said a Hidco official.
According to the bio diversity report, there are about 109 species of vertebrate that includes 57 species of birds, 8 species of mammals, 12 species of lizards and snakes, 28 species of fish and 4 species of toads and frogs.
Source: Times of India