Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has promised that the Botanic Garden of Indian Republic (BGIR) Noida, will be developed as one of the most distinct botanic gardens with modern-day landscape. He was speaking at the foundation-stone laying ceremony of the development and upgradation of the Botanic Garden at Noida yesterday. The Garden will be developed and upgraded with the objectives of collection of plant species, research, training, environment education, public awareness, aesthetics and entertainment through the protection of plant biodiversity. Efforts will be made to present the Botanic Garden, Noida, as a centre of excellence in the preservation of (Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) and local plant species.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State, MoEF&CC, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, said that this is the largest Botanic Garden project in Delhi-NCR, which will become a fountain head of knowledge for a large number of youth and students. Dr. Sharma said that the creation of a virtual museum on the Gardens premises will also provide the youth of the nation information on botany and the endangered plant species will also get protected. The ambitious project is estimated to cost Rs 400 crore. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in 2018 itself. It should be noted that project has been delayed for more than 20 years.
BGIR project was started with the objective of protection of plant biodiversity and natural resources. So, the garden will help to preserve the endangered vegetation in the country. When the BGIR is complete, the entire landscape of this park, spread over 163.5 acres, will be completely transformed. A gene bank, seed bank, herbarium unit, orchid house, cactus house, nursery, plant biodiversity, research facility, education and maintenance will be developed in the Botanic Garden.