Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has done tree plantation on 40 acres of forest land in Ambivli to compensate for the trees being cut for Kalyan Ring Road Project, but the same can be converted into a biodiversity park instead. They planted about 12000 saplings that are now two years old. The plantation is largely monoculture with avenue trees both native and exotic species.
Despite the heavy plantation, there are still areas available where more plantation could be carried out. These areas have the potential to develop into thematic gardens such as bird, bat, butterfly, bee, medicinal and Nakshatra gardens. The current proposal plans to develop an ecosystem by planting biodiversity special plants that attract bees, birds, butterflies and bats. Additionally, since the undergrowth is missing in the existing plantation areas, hedge plantation will also be created along the pathway as well as between the plantation blocks. The plantation will be carried out along the boundary wall as well. Considering Polyculture, a mixed plantation of herbs, shrubs and trees of around 10,000 saplings will be done.
As KDMC intend to develop this park as an ecotourism site, three nature trails will be developed along with activity stations, exhibits and signages to enhance the educational value for the tourists and to boost tourism to the site. Awareness about the park will be created among the tourists as well as neighbouring schools and colleges. Capacity building and Training workshops for nature guides will be conducted and also for local youth who could conduct the nature walk post project.
Project Location: Ambivli, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation KDMC, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Project Duration: 3 years
Project Partner: Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC)
Knowledge Partner: Ladybird Environmental Consultancy LLP
Funding Agency: DCB Bank Ltd
3 plots of Interventions
The Development of Ambivli Biodiversity Park project was initiated in the month of May 2021. Considering the pandemic, lockdown protocols and travelling issues, we somehow managed to commence our work in May2021. The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) provided ID cards for the entire team working on the project, which eased the travelling issues to the site.
The Biodiversity Park is been developed on the land allotted by the KDMC. The team members, Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar along with the Staff of Municipal Corporation visited the site prior in the month of May 2021. During the initial visit, all the required area measurements were taken for the planation. GPS coordinated were taken for all the seven thematic gardens and mapped accordingly. Around 9923 ft and 3.02km trench were dug in the middle of the pathway and thematic garden. More than 2000 pits were dug for tree plantation and trenches for herbs and shrubs. The Baseline survey and Biodiversity survey was also conducted. During this survey a total of 39 species of plants (13 tree, 6 Shrub, 6 climbers, 14 herbs), birds (22 species), reptiles (6 species), insects & arachnids (13 species), amphibians (1 specie) and mammal (2 species) were recorded. A drone shoot was also conducted to cover the entire area, to draw out comparison of the site area for before and after plantation scenario. To protect the site and for maintenance purpose, 3 caretakers and a security guard has been already appointed. A total 9884 plants are planted at the site out of the 10000 plants target.