Why the Capital Needs the Aravalli Biodiversity Park More Than Highways

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Why the Capital Needs the Aravalli Biodiversity Park More Than Highways

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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he first time I saw a Delhi park more than a decade ago I was bemused by its gimmickry, its desperation to redeem itself within a city caustically overrun by concrete. The symmetry, the carved trees, the unnaturally curved ponds and the impossibly meandering lanes that cut through linearly planted trees felt like hapless compensations for what had come to pass as inevitability in Delhi – its overhaul. But all that changed when I set foot here not as a tourist, but a resident, someone who jostled for an ounce of fresh air and a little quiet away from the onslaught of life in this place; two things that the people of this city have found in its parks.

All the more reason that places like the Aravalli Biodiversity Park that is now under threat, should not be touched, be it for highways to Manesar or the moon. Last week, reports surfaced that a road project by the National Highways Authority of India would pass through the 380-acre park.

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