For nature lovers there is a good news that Greater Noida Authority is fast developing the Surajpur lake and bird sanctuary for tourism. Intending to promote tourism in the state, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Forest Department has plans to create a bird sanctuary in Greater Noida. The sanctuary named ’Greater Noida Bird Habitat’ would be built on the lowland, natural water body – Surajpur Jheel — and is said to be one the largest bird sanctuaries of the country.
One can spot over 5,000 birds at any given point of time here. There are tens of thousands of birds in this habitat and many more are coming. It is also home to hundreds of resident birds throughout the year.
The forest department, which has already started implementing the project, will treat and develop 330 hectares bird habitat on the lake area measuring 108 hectares. More than 1 million trees were planted This includes plantation and beautification work in and around the lake area, which comes under the reserve forest area. The habitat would be developed for migratory and local birds, which would be provided protection and a safe habitat. The sanctuary believed to be the second largest after the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary aims at giving boost to eco-tourism in the country, especially the NCR. The huge lake in the Dadri wetland area is what attracts some of the rarest varieties of migrant birds from Central Asia and Ladakh.
The sanctuary will provide a safe habitat to more than 220 species recorded in the Dadri wetlands during the last four years, environmentalists have spotted Sarus (state bird of UP), Blue Throat (rare bird from Alaska) and waterfowls like Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler ducks, Garganey teals, Pochards, Wigeons, Waders, Little Egert, Night Heron, Indian Reef Heron, Painted Stork, Openbill Stork, Whitenecked Stork, etc.