Valley crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain cycling and treks along natural trails will soon begin along the hillocks of Kharghar and Panvel. These adventure sports are part of the forest department’s proposal in the nature park, which is set to come up along 700-800 hectare of hillocks owned mainly by the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO). The proposal will be submitted to the CIDCO on April 9, said K P Singh, chief conservator of forests (territorial) Thane.
In the next two months, officials from Thane and Alibaug forest divisions will plant indigenous species of trees in 25 hectares on the hillocks and aid natural regeneration in 200 hectares. “We have added parts of the reserved forests to the land that CIDCO owns in the area to create a nature park. It is a huge project and the forest department work will cost around Rs 30 crore for the next six years, but this figure could go up. It will be entirely financed by CIDCO,” said Singh.
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