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The capital will soon get its first peacock garden at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Combating Climate Change in north Delhi for the conservation of the national bird.

MGICCC will develop the garden in collaboration with the forest and wildlife department. Forest officials will develop artificial ponds and other facilities to lure peafowls into the garden, where they will not be kept in captivity.

A large number of peacocks move freely in the MGICCC campus and neighbouring farmhouses in the area. A five-acre green area on the campus will be developed as the garden. “The garden will not be like a zoo, but birds will not remain in captivity. We will create a perfect habitat for them,” said a forest official.

Saplings of plants consumed by peacocks will also be planted in the garden. Vipul Pandey, director, MGICCC, said, “The garden will be developed on the lines of the one in Chandigarh. The idea is to educate visitors about the national bird of India and ensure conservation of the avian species. We are aiming to create a nature walk for visitors.”

Pandey said there will be no direct feeling of peafowls. “We will create a perfect shelter with food and water that will lure the birds into the garden. Breeding of the birds may also happen,” he said.

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