URBAN FORESTRY IN CHANDIGARH
NAGAR VAN- CITY FOREST
Adding more serenity to Chandigarh, the city forest also called as Nagar Van is opened for public last year by Chandigarh Administration. Nagar Van is spreading over a sprawling 100 hectares and situated near the Heart of City Beautiful i.e. Sukhna Lake.
CITY FOREST NEAR I.T. PARK
A total area of 125 acres of Manimajra Village was acquired by the erstwhile Punjab Government prior to 1966 for establishing Brick Kilns for preparation of bricks required for development work.
Department of Forests & Wildlife has developed a 5.7 acre green area in Sector-39 as Peacock Park. This area is full of vegetation and a promising habitat for peafowls. Come evening and you can hear the loud cries of these magnificent birds that often pay locals a visit, especially during the rains.
Shivalik Arboretum is situated near the Transport Light in Sector- 26, Chandigarh. This beautiful place is spreading over an area of 11.115 acres. Before the development of Shivalik Arboretum, this site was full of industrial waste without any vegetation.
Mother Nature holds in herself the abundant beauty and art. In an ocean of creations, butterflies are small yet beautiful creatures that steal hearts. In cities, it is now difficult to see these beautiful winged creatures due to loss of habitat.
CITY BIRD SANCTUARY
In 1975, Shri S.K. Sharma, Secretary, Environment Society Chandigarh observed that Green Parakeets were flying over old Ropar-Ambala road in East – West corridor which happens to be passing over sector – 21 park, have found a new home there for roosting i.e. spending night there.
It’s time to save forests
A botanical garden is a place where plants are grown and displayed for the purposes of research and education. Chandigarh, the ‘City Beautiful’ situated in the foothills of Shivaliks is blessed with a climate that is suitable to accommodate number of species of flora of different climatic regions. It was worthwhile setting up a Botanical Garden here with a purpose to conserve the flora of the region as well as those exotic and near extinct species. With this background, Chandigarh Administration has established a Botanical Garden near village Sarangpur. This garden spreads over 176 acres of land. It was inaugurated by Gen. (Retd) S.F Rodrigues, former Governor of Punjab and Administrator of U.T. Chandigarh.
In Chandigarh, Sukhna Lake was constructed in 1958 across the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal Stream flowing down the Sivalik hills, to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the city and as a major tourist attraction. The creation of the lake was an integral part of the master plan of Chandigarh prepared by famous French Architect Le-Corbusier. The total catchment area, hilly and agriculture land, of this manmade lake is 4,207 Hac. The Shivalik hills in the Sukhna catchment are ecologically sensitive and geographically unstable and are highly prone to erosion during rains. Therefore, after the initial year of the construction of lake the siltation rate was very high due to soil run off from the hilly catchment area.
SUKHNA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Nature Interpretation Centre is developed for giving boost to eco-tourism in the city and also to sensitize the visitors about the importance of conserving the natural resources. This centre is divided into two sections having different themes, one section has three dimensional pictorial display panel of migratory birds, resident birds and other rare species with the highlights of their habitat whereas other section displays life size diorama of animal species found in Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary like Pangolin, Sambhar, Jungle cat, jackat and reptiles etc. To sensitize the visitors about the necessity to conserve nature, interactive voice modules of birds, touch screen kiosk, mural, indoor and outdoor signages has also been installed at the centre.