Lakeside View: Neeli Jheel in Asola to be developed as ecotourism hub

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The government of Delhi has given permission to develop the area near Neeli Jheel in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary as an ecotourism hub.

The Delhi Government’s plan around Neeli Jheel

Source: TOI

Neeli Jheel is a large lake hidden in the thick scrub forests of the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.

The area bordering the lake will be developed as an ecotourism hub.

It will get a natural stepped seating facility, amphitheater, selfie point, toilets, 3D animal exhibits, and parking. 

The bamboo and other eco-friendly products would also be used for the beautification of the place.

E-vehicles would be used to ferry a limited number of people inside the sanctuary. 

About Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

Sanctuary ​​is situated in the South Delhi Ridge section of the Aravalli range on the Delhi-Haryana border.

The sanctuary contains one of the last surviving remnants of the Delhi Ridge hill range and its semi-arid forest habitat and its dependent wildlife.

The sanctuary has 23 species of mammals, 252 bird species, 28 reptile species, and 86 butterfly species. 

Among the animals that are sighted here are leopards, jackals, palm civets, black-naped hare, grey mongoose, rudy mongoose, striped hyena, porcupine, hog deer, black buck, spotted deer, wild boar and langur.

Historical places around the sanctuary are Surajkund and Anangpur Dam (both in Haryana), Tughlaqabad Fort and Adilabad ruins (both in Delhi), Chhatarpur Temple (in Delhi).

Source: The post is based on the article “Lakeside View: Neeli Jheel in Asola to be developed as an ecotourism hub” published in TOI on 11th June 2022.

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