Residents defend Indian biodiversity park threatened by highway project
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A project by India’s National Highways Authority to build a massive road across an urban forest in Gurgaon, a suburb next to the national capital, has residents up in arms. They say it will disrupt the area’s rich biodiversity.The Aravali biodiversity park is a forest, stretching over 380 acres, showcasing abundant flora. It is also a pristine habitat for hundreds of species of birds and animals like civet cats and jackals.When the highway authority and the Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority proposed to build a 2 kilometer highway through the park recently, it led to protests and anger.