A Theme Park is not an alternative to Natural Forest

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We, the nature lovers in general and residents of Dwarka in particular, under the banner of Bharat Vandana Van Bachao Abhiyan would like to draw your kind attention to the following few lines

We are given to understand that DDA has awarded a project to NBCC to develop a Theme park ignoring our decade long demand to keep the forest area as it is. Since 2014, when our request was first placed to DDA the imperatives for developing a city forest here have increased much more. The fact that Dwarka itself has at times recorded the highest AQI in Delhi has come as further alarming development in last two years. Dwarka not only takes the burden of exhaust fumes from a thousand air flights daily from IGI airport but is also on a transient route to road traffic flow between West, North Delhi and Gurugram. The condition of neighboring colonies like Palam, Uttam Nagar , Janakpuri is no better. 

When at a time, natural forests are depleting in size all over India, a forest which is providing natural resources like water and air and houses innumerable micro-organisms is so essential for sustaining local biodiversity. A 15 feet deep water body amidst this jungle has highest water recharge capacity. Given the above, downgrading the city forest to an urban/theme park is not a feasible option. 

Last, but not the least, this pristine natural area houses abundant biodiversity/wildlife like Nilgai, hare, tortoise, monitor lizard, peacocks besides innumerable smaller reptiles, amphibians and avian population which can survive only if the protected city forest is allowed to continue in as is where is condition here. Further it would be a great opportunity for students/ researchers to get nature education too.

We request you  to stop the proposal to convert the Bharat Vandana  forest area into  theme park