It was not more than a year that I had proposed to the officers in nagar nigam to make the boat club road free vehicle zone in Bhopal for the sake of nature and an open letter was written to the Mayor. Two large lakes dominate Bhopal, with the city flourishing in the periphery, each with individualistic features. I had very convincing points for to make the Boat club road as pollution free zone. It brings people to 4 major hot spots of Bhopal which are located at the boat club.
1-ZOO /VAN VIHAR-The Van Vihar National Park is situated in the heart of Bhopal City. With the dedicated efforts of the Park management this area has now been transformed into an oasis of greenery. The area today serves as the green lung for Bhopal City. Although, having status of a National Park, the Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern Zoological Park. Its has 207 species of bird ,60 species of butterfly ,Animals like - Tiger, Leopard, Hyena, Sloth bear ,All reported antelopes of Madhya Pradesh ,Gharial, Crocodile ,Several species of Tortoise. Van Vihar remains open throughout the year, About 2.50 lakh visitors come to Van Vihar every year, and Free entry for school, college students and Senior citizens.
2-The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind) is a unique Museum, on the Shamla Hills on the Upper Lake front. It is a postcolonial museum of communities rather than objects. A road leading to Van Vihar branches off uphill to Manav Sangrahalaya - an anthropological institution housing a vast repertoire of tribal and folk arts from across India. Most of it is now covered in wild grass medicinal plants used by the tribal in traditional system of medicine. It is a unique museum spread over 200 acres of undulating land, situated in a prehistoric site and may be the only museum in the world strewn with numerous prehistoric painted rock shelters. This has been curated directly by the folk and tribal communities, camping at site, to create a miniature presentation of Indian folk ways through display of ecospecific habitations and subsistence practices in the tribal, coastal, desert, and Himalayan habitats. The tribal themselves built a hilltop village resembling a tribal hamlet with each shack unique to a tribe from one part of the country or the other with original material. This part of the museum has been put together painstakingly over the years by inviting one tribe at a time. The library, audio-visual archive, computerized documentation and the collection of ethnographic specimens in the Museum, though modest in size are among the best in the world.
3-WIND AND WAVES- this is situated at the most picturesque location of Bhopal besides the platter it’s offering round the year.
4- Coffee café Day. You cannot miss this spot adjacent o wind and wave’s restaurant and JAL Tarn an interpretation center of lake conservation authority where you can sit, listen to music, sip coffee and be with this beautiful lake and the hills across the lake.
This boat club road is the lower necklace, which wrap the upper lake if seen from the shamla kothi and also from the VIP road. All the roads lead every nature lover of Bhopal and the tourist to this road in every season. The hot spots invite thousands of local people and visitors daily. The pollution created by the vehicles has been affecting the nature and the habitat of plenty and we have the obligation to maintain peace and serenity their.