GURUGRAM: Manesar’s Kasan village residents want a jungle safari to be evolved at the 200-acre woodland land close to their town. Elaborating on the blessings of the safari, the villagers, in their letter to MP Rao Inderjit, have claimed that the jungle safari would not only boost tourism in the area but also provide employment possibilities to the villagers’ youths in the village, as well as shield the natural world.
“We have a huge woodland location adjoining the village and want to protect it and its natural world. Also, plantation drives need to be done in the wooded area vicinity so that water that flows down the drain can be used for the saplings planted within the wooded area. We have a selection of wildlife species, together with leopards, jackals, blue bulls, Indian hares, and so forth. And plenty of chook species inside the vicinity,” stated Satdev, sarpanch of Kasan village.
Kasan village may be near the Maruti Suzuki manufacturing facility in Manesar, wherein a leopard strayed from the forest area in 2017. “That incident might be shocking for an interloper, but no longer for us. This woodland has been home to many leopards for a while. At that time, we additionally raised a similar call. However, not anything has been executed at the ground,” stated a resident of Kazan, asking for anonymity.
Ram Kishen Gupta, son of former sarpanch of Kasan, who drafted the eight-page plan for the safari, stated, “There is no wooded area wherein people can find out about the plants and fauna of the Aravalis. Our village has a very dense forest and is located near the expressway. The village, therefore, has huge tourism potential. Also, industries in Manesar often dump commercial and plastic waste within the wooded area. This vicinity desires on-the-spot safety.”
He introduced that cultural activities will also be promoted during jungle safari. Sources within the office of MP Rao Inderjit said that they’d undergo the concept and ship it to the national government. Environmentalists also raised a need to interact with locals to protect the flora and fauna of the Aravalis. “I don’t know if it should be a jungle safari.
However, ecotourism must truly be advocated. If locals are engaged, the place might be covered more, similar to local groups involved in Ranthambore. I am glad that the villagers have come up with this request. They ought to be encouraged and favored,” said Vaishali Rana Chandra, an activist, adding that during a petition, Vivek Kamboj (an environmentalist) had also demanded wildlife sanctuary inside the Aravalis. Therefore, having ecotourism in the Aravalis is an excellent concept to guard the vegetation and fauna of the area.
Pedestrians at IFFCO Chowk are forced to cross the road amid heavy traffic daily because the escalators on the foot overbridge built on the intersection aren’t purposeful. Besides the escalators, the subway constructed to be used by pedestrians is likewise in a negative situation without functional lighting. The trouble of defunct escalators and subways was discussed in these days-convened meetings on street safety within the metropolis. “What is the factor of having the infrastructure in the region while we can’t use it? These escalators have been set up at the foot overbridge for the ease of pedestrians for numerous months. However, they don’t work. It is a vital intersection with a high footfall of pedestrians. The government can’t forget about pedestrian protection,” said Ravi Kumar, a pedestrian.
Neha Mehta, who frequently walks on the stretch, introduced: “Earlier, the subway at IFFCO Chowk had been locked for a while. It was unlocked lately. Though it’s now open to pedestrians, you can not think about crossing the road using the subway as there are no lights and it is dirty.” Several roadside companies have also encroached on the route ending in the Chowk subway. In the road safety meeting, NHAI officials admitted that the underpass for pedestrians has a design fault. After the matter was taken up at the meeting, it was endorsed that a safe pedestrian crossing should be made for pedestrians at IFFCO Chowk.