A walk through a misty tropical forest with hundreds of butterflies fluttering all around you right in the middle of a crowded Mumbai lane is no longer just a dream. A butterfly park is set to come up in the island city within the existing SK Patil garden plot at Charni Road, the utilities of which will be designed around the theme of butterflies.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) garden cell has approved the park design and has begun work of the new garden that is likely to be ready by December, officials said. The centrally-located butterfly park enclosure will have several indigenous and fragrant species of flowering plants for the butterflies. The park will have mist-inducing facilities to provide a vibrant atmosphere along with a pathway for visitors to be near the butterflies, said Dr Aseem Gokarn Harwansh, the landscape consultant for the garden.
He added that the park would be covered by a transparent net structure to keep preying insects out and allowing just the right amount of sunlight for the butterflies. The butterfly park is enclosed to protect the butterflies that will be bred there and to avoid pesticides sprayed in gardens, from affecting the area, Harwansh said.
The Rs 2-crore project will have facilities such as play area for children with play apparatus inspired by caterpillars and butterflies as well as lawns for senior citizens and those wanting space for meditation and yoga. The location of the butterfly park will be such that it would be visible from the toddler play area as well as the senior citizen area as well as the steps of the amphitheatre, also planned in the garden plot. In a unique twist, the senior citizen area will also feature a swing.
The grid marking work of the new 2,500-sqm garden that is coming up within the existing 13,830-sqm plot of the of the century-old SK Patil garden is done and the work on the garden will start by this weekend, garden cell officials said.
The garden, keeping with the butterfly theme, will also feature signboards displaying information on butterflies and have decorative structures like large wings behind which visitors can pose to look like butterflies. The flooring of the garden’s pathways and children’s play area are likely to have butterfly and leaf imprints.