A walk-through Mangrove centre on the lines of the Mai Po Wetland Park in Hong Kong was conceptualized in 2007 and approved in 2009. But the project is still with the State forest department, athering dust even though its plan and design are ready.
The Rs 118 crore project has been allotted land in Bhandup and was expected to provide the residents of Mumbai an interesting insight into mangrove ecology. The centre was supposed to allow isitors to walk through mangrove forests observe first- hand, diverse wetland plants, birds and animals and learn about the colossal influence they have on our city.
Due to lack of progress, HSBC bank, which was one of the initial partners, pulled out of the project.
"The exposure of most people to mangrove ecology is limited to Mahim or Dharavi and has not been very encouraging. We wanted to make people understand the role of mangroves in the immediate and larger environmental picture such as flooding, global warming, rising sea level and climate change", said Debi Goenka, head, Conservation Action Trust, the brain behind the project.
Another wetland park, planned at Nerul in Navi Mumbai, was cancelled in 2011.