India’s first animal bridge to come up in Delhi-NCR’s Noida region

Noida: The Noida authority has planned to build an animal bridge in Sector 91 to preserve the wildlife of this region.

The animal bridge is also known as a wildlife crossing, in the general terms, and can incorporate underpass tunnels, viaducts, overpasses, culverts, and green roofs.

Green area includes biodiversity park, green belt, wetland

The bridge in the Delhi-NCR region is part of the 144 acres of green area that the authority is developing. It includes 75 acres of the biodiversity park, 32 acres of green belt, 25 acres of the medicinal park and 12 acres of a natural wetland.

The project is promoted as the biggest effort yet to display the area’s flora and fauna, especially for the interest of wildlife lovers.

According to the officials, the animal bridge will be developed on the lines of the ones developed in Europe and the USA.

“We are committed to protecting the environment, and flora and fauna of the region. We have 144 acres of rich green space in Sector 91. These 144 acres will become the city’s biggest oxygen bank,” Rajeev Tyagi, general manager, Noida authority, said.

‘Bridge will help animals move safely from one park to the other’

“Now we have also chosen to develop an animal bridge, which will be the first of its kind in the country. The idea is to preserve wildlife and help animals move harmlessly from one park to the other via the bridge,” he said.

The four green areas are separated into two zones by a culvert built across a drain that passes through this area.

The green belt and biodiversity park are on one side, while the medicinal park and natural wetland are situated on the other side of the culvert.

“We are yet to finalise the design and structural details. But as of now, we are planning to put soil on culvert to grow plants that will help in beautifying it and making it green,” said Tyagi.

Area is home to blue bull, reptiles and rare birds

This area is home to the Nilgai or blue bull, a protected species of deer under the Wildlife Protection Act of India.

The green space is also home to reptiles, wild lizards, brown Indian hare, mongoose, peacocks and is frequented by numerous species of migratory birds.

The Nilgai, reptiles, wild lizards, brown Indian hare, mongoose, peacocks are expected to use the animal bridge, officials said. The area is also inhabited by wetland birds.

“The bridge will also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles and animals, which in addition to killing or injuring wildlife may also cause injury to humans and property,” Tyagi said.

The authority is expected to develop the animal bridge in the next two months and it is yet to make an estimate of the budget to be spent on this project.

‘Need of the hour is to develop more and more city forests’

Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist, said, “We appreciate the authority’s plan of building an animal bridge to connect four green areas as it will benefit the wildlife. But the need of the hour is to develop more and more city forests so that wildlife do not abandon this area.”

“We first need to protect forests or create new ones so that wildlife stays in the city,” the environmentalist added.