Endangered Species of Butterflies in Numaligarh, Assam

It is common knowledge that if you nurture the plants on which butterflies thrive, their numbers will increase. And that’s exactly what the authorities in Butterfly Valley in Assam’s Golaghat district are doing. Butterfly Valley covers about 30 acres, and is near Numaligarh. The green Deopahar hills in the area provide a good breeding for the butterflies. The Kaliani river flows through it too.

Out of the 75 species of butterflies, there are endangered species, too. The valley is also home to more than 60,000 plants, endemic to the Northeast. The Butterfly Valley was set up by the refinery nearby, assessing the role played by butterflies in the pollination of plants, maintenance of the food chain and food web and overall sustenance of the ecosystem.

Within the Valley itself, there’s a herbal medicinal garden ‘Smritibon’ with more than 5,000 plant. The Valley is close to the world-famous Kaziranga National Park.

Punjab to Build costliest pod transport system – at Amritsar!

The world’s first commercially operational pod system is at London’s Heathrow airport. And now the Punjab government in India has begun to build the world’s largest urban Passenger Rapid Transport (PRT) system in Amritsar. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is a famous religious tourist spot in northwestern India. Thirty-five per cent of visitors will be transported in pods, with a fare that’s competitive with an auto-rickshaw ride.

This is the holiest Sikh shrine in the world, and an average 1,00,000 national and international visitors come here on a weekday to the temple. The pods, carrying passengers and luggage, will help to ease the traffic block in various parts of the city. The 3.3-kilometre elevated podcar guideway will reduce 30 minutes off current journey times. They are computer-driven, zero-emission vehicles that use one third the energy of a car and are nearly silent.