Noida: The D Park in Sector 62, Noida, which is also one of the largest and oldest parks in the city, has finally been adorned with plants to attract butterflies. According to residents, this was something neglected for several years. The Noida Authority on August 25 tweeted a video with the caption, “Plants which attract butterflies have been planted. According to the wildlife act, the butterfly dome cannot be covered from the top.”
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Pushkar Chandra, a resident of Sector 62, for several years has been asking the authorities to make arrangements for the maintenance of the park. He also wrote to the authorities to get the plants that attract butterflies.
"My tryst with D park Sector 62, Noida started with a visit to the park in September 2017. I was overwhelmed by the totally rusted and damaged condition of the swings, mazes and other equipment. No one from the horticulture department cared to provide functional play equipment for children, who are the future of this country, of nearby 48 societies and a village", said Pushkar.
CitySpidey went to the location and spoke to several people about the park. Most of them said that the park is great but lacks maintenance.
"I have been writing to the authority from the year 2017 for these plants and also provided the list of plants which attract butterflies like Alyssum, Aster, Sage and many more. Now they have finally done that work but I am afraid there are very few. Last year, on July 10, the authority installed a swing and seesaw. Recently, I got a reply from the Evaluation and Management department that they have reported all fountains and will be commissioned by December 2021. I am afraid that by that time, elections will be declared and no execution of work will take place", said Chandra.
"Butterflies are central pollinators to many crops. Additionally, their ecological function is also a food source for predators like birds, spiders, lizards and other animals. We need to conserve them and give them a good habitat. This butterfly park can be made more attractive so that we can take kids for nature trails during the day and plan a picnic together. These plants can also be labelled too to educate people more on butterflies and some butterflies posted to create more awareness on their types", said Nisha Rai, Secretary of NOFAA, (/Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Associations).