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YEIDA to develop 100 hectares of marshland area as wetland

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The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) on Wednesday said that it will develop 100 hectares of marshland area as wetland and bird sanctuary, according to a published media report.

Marshland is located in Sectors 16 and 17, proposed for development as residential area, along the Yamuna e-way.

Protection of the marshland will help conserve groundwater and protect wildlife habitat. “We had already sent a proposal to the state Government seeking protection of 40 hectares of this 100-hectare marshland. Now, we have started the process of protecting the remaining 60 hectares,” a senior Authority official was quoted in the media as saying.

After the state Government issues the notification, YEIDA will start fencing around it, said officials. Survey will be conducted on the remaining 60 hectares for identification, in the next 60 days. And also prepare a proposal on it in 60 days and send the same to the state Government for legally bound to protect this land as a green buffer zone, official added.

The 100-hectare marshland is located in Dhanauri, Thasrana, Bhatta-Parsaul and Amirpur Bangar villages, among others, off the Yamuna e-way.

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Proposed residential sectors 16 and 17 are spread over 270 hectares of agricultural land.

“After we reserve 100 hectares for wetland and bird sanctuary, the remaining 170 will be used for housing projects in future. This 100-hectare green buffer will work as lungs for the area to be urbanised,”a senior official added.

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