SUBJECT : Eco Park in foothills of Galta Valley to open by year end

Jaipur, May 4th: Come December and residents of city will have a new destination to enjoy their morning stroll in the foothills of Galta Valley.

The 51-hectare Eco Park will open its doors to morning walkers and bird watchers by the end of this year.
With the assistance of forest department, the civic body will develop green space in Galta Valley, Agra Road on vacant land. In the proposed 'Revival of Galta Valley' project, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) will develop 3.7-km natural walkway for tourist and morning walkers.
To add attraction for the tourist and bird watchers, the JDA has planned to erect watch towers. Gazebos, garden furniture and swings for children will also set up in the foothills. For conservation of water and irrigation of plants, the JDA has proposed to construct of kuccha dam, anicut in the valley. It was informed, landscaping work in the valley has been completed and soon the fencing work will be started.
Similarly, 2-km away from Ghat Ki Ghuni on Agra Road, the JDA has proposed to develop '200 Bidding Greenwood Garden' on 11 hectare of forest land. Along with ornamental plants, proposal to grow medicinal plant in this park is been proposed. 

A senior JDA official said, "The JDA will spend Rs 15 crore to develop these two green cover. It will not only balance the eco-system, but will also boost the eco-tourism."

An official said, in the Master Development Plan 2025, it has been proposed to enhance the per capita open space to 8.80 sq metres for a population projected to grow to 6.50 million by 2025. However, as per the records, the city has only 11.3% of its area under green cover which falls woefully short of the mandatory 20% required as per the Master Plan 2025.

Also per the plan, the entry roads from Delhi, Ajmer, Sikar and Agra are supposed to have green corridors of 30 to 45 metres on either side of the approach roads.

"The JDA is planting trees, wherever the space is available. Also, it’s initiating and funding forest department to plant trees in open areas. On Agra Road, memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with forest department."


Source: Times of India