Revamping Sultanpur National Park

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-06-10 03:30:00.0Category:  Developments
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Sultanpur National Park, located around 15 km from the city, is up for a revamp as part of the Swachh Parks Scheme. The wildlife department will soon install benches, colour segregated dustbins, signages and walkways for visitors.The work will be completed before the park’s post monsoon opening. All popular forest sanctuaries, reserved forest areas, parks and animal welfare establishments will be covered under the Swachh Park's Scheme. The scheme is part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and aims to inculcate good sanitation and hygiene practices among visitors and the maintenance staff of forest sanctuaries.

“We are planning measures to improve the infrastructure and cleanliness of the park. We will be putting up more signboards and information boards. Also, the boundary walls will be repaired before monsoon,” said RS Bhatia, divisional forest officer (wildlife), Gurgaon.

Under the Swachh Park scheme, the Sultanpur National Park will also be rated on infrastructure by the state government. The officials also claimed one of it's salient features. The park will soon have bio degradable waste processing unit that will further help in keeping the environment clean.  The watch towers will be repaired and proper seating arrangements will be made in the park to cater to more visitors. Gender segregated, disabled friendly toilets will be set up in the park soon. The maintenance of the park will be closely monitored by central government agencies.

Officials also appealed to people to not carry polythene bags, games/sports equipment and food items to the national park as it disrupts the ecosystem. Also, the forest department is planning to build pathways inside the park. “We will put more signages for visitors explaining the birds’ habitat, food habits and characters,” the wildlife officer said.

Information about shrubs and trees will be provided to visitors. Approximately 20,000 birds belonging to over 200 species come to Sultanpur National Park every year and  nearly 100 are migratory species and come from Russia, Europe and Afghanistan.

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