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Bird enthusiasts, take a boat ride along the Dahisar mangroves

The Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell has begun working on this plan, which will be part of the mangrove park project near Dahisar link road.

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Virat A Singh

Updated: May 22, 2018, 06:50 AM IST

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If all goes as per plans, nature lovers and birding enthusiasts would be able to take a boat ride right from Borivali Jetty near Gorai to explore one of the densest and beautiful mangroves stretches all the way towards Dahisar creek.

The Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell has begun working on this plan, which will be part of the mangrove park project near Dahisar link road. This would also be the second location after the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre (CMBC) at Airoli near Thane creek where Mangrove cell will be operating boat safari.

The mangrove park has been planned in a 80-hectare area and will include a Nature Interpretation Centre, mangrove trails as well as boating. Incidentally, the mangrove park will be located right behind Ganpat Patil Nagar slums, on Dahisar Link Road which has mushroomed on pristine mangrove land, which has been completely destroyed in the last two decades.

"The concept is to bring people closer to mangrove areas so that they can understand the rich biodiversity existing in the mangroves. There will be boardwalks to help people walk into the mangroves and enjoy bird watching as well as other nature-related activities," informed N Vasudevan, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Mangrove Cell.

He also said that they have paid the Mumbai Maritime Board (MMB) Rs 30 lakh to repair and reconstruct a small jetty so that the boating activity can be carried out from Dahisar as well. "Since we already have a jetty at Borivali from where boats ply to Gorai village, the same can be also used for the boat rides into mangroves. We are looking forward to starting the boat rides from Borivali post monsoon," said Vasudevan.

"We have carried out intensive cleaning operation in the proposed mangrove park area and removed huge amounts of trash and garbage. For security purposes, we have also set up a small office in this area where our staff will be deployed too and the work of the mangrove park can also be monitored," said Prashant Deshmukh, Range Forest Officer, Mangrove Cell adding that the Mangrove park will become a huge attraction.

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