TNN | Jun 3, 2014, 03.55 AM IST
GURGAON: Green activists in the city have vehemently opposed the idea of having a herbal park and an ayurvedic garden in the Aravali Biodiversity Park as suggested by MCG commissioner Praveen Kumar. In a letter to Kumar, activists have asked him to “refrain from the strange ideas that crop up in your mind”.
Activists had written a similar letter to the municipal commissioner a couple of months ago when the MCG proposed the idea of having a night safari in the 550-acre park and claimed that the commissioner changed his mind after they had written to him.
Accusing him of trying to disturb the ecology of the park, the letter further says that the residents will hold him accountable for the games he plays with the environment and the future of Gurgaon.
“The park has been envisioned as an Aravali biodiversity hotspot. Four years of hard work, donor funds, public money and the efforts of concerned citizens have gone into this dream of revival of a natural Aravali forest in this region. You have no right or jurisdiction to ride roughshod over the aspirations of Gurgaon, just to fulfil your personal fantasy of a water-guzzling, unnatural and unsustainable herbal park and ayurvedic garden,” reads the letter sent by Vivek Kamboj of Haryali, an NGO.
“Just keep your hands off the natural ecosystem development in the biodiversity park. This is earmarked for natural Aravali vegetation only. The MCG needs to facilitate and not destroy the work of the people of Gurgaon,” the letter reads.
Activists are also opposing the proposal to construct a tree house in the park to feed birds. “This is a forest area and we should not construct man-made things to feed birds. The birds feed on the natural biodiversity and insects that are available in a forest. For the past four years we have been working hard to revive this as an Aravali forest and just when we gathered the momentum, the commissioner has come up with these ideas,” said another activist.
When contacted, Kumar said that he had not received any letter yet.