Dahisar, the final suburb of Mumbai, is set to transform into a haven for nature enthusiasts with the imminent arrival of a Mangrove Park and Eco-Tourism Centre. A recent tender of Rs 45.78 crore has been released by the state forest department’s mangrove protection cell, paving the way for the creation of this verdant retreat. The park, designed to cover 200 acres of mangroves, is expected to be completed within two years, offering a range of captivating features.
Mangrove Park Features:
- Nature Interpretation Center: Providing a wealth of information on local flora and fauna, with a particular focus on birdlife.
- Suspended Glass Bridge: A unique architectural marvel that promises breathtaking views and a thrilling experience.
- Boardwalk: A 700-meter-long wooden boardwalk/mangrove trail, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the mangrove ecosystem.
- Mangrove Museum: A dedicated space to showcase the importance of mangroves, their conservation, and the rich biodiversity they harbor.
The project is a crucial step in the ongoing effort to preserve the remaining mangroves in the Dahisar area. As the final suburb of Mumbai, Dahisar has witnessed encroachments on mangrove plots in the past, necessitating the protection and conservation of the remaining mangrove spaces.
The suspended glass bridge, a key feature of the upcoming Mangrove Park, is nearing completion. The park’s location amid 200 acres of mangroves is strategic, offering a serene backdrop for nature enthusiasts and visitors. Accessible by boat from the Gorai Jetty or via Link Road, the park will house a 5,100 square meter Nature Interpretation Center on the banks of the Gorai Creek.
The Dahisar River Rejuvenation Project plays a pivotal role in the success of this ambitious venture. Eighty hectares of ‘natural area’ lands, as designated in Mumbai’s Development Plan (DP-2034), are reserved for ecologically sensitive areas with limited development. This aligns with the commitment to creating an eco-friendly space that fosters appreciation for the environment.
A standout feature of the park is the immersive wooden boardwalk/mangrove trail, providing visitors with an up-close encounter with the mangrove ecosystem. This interactive experience aims to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the natural surroundings.
As Dahisar prepares to welcome this ecological marvel, the Mangrove Park and Eco-Tourism Centre are poised to become a cornerstone of sustainable development and a retreat for those seeking a connection with nature.