Nature & Wildlife

Maharashtra plans to replicate Maasai Mara at SGNP

MUMBAI

To reinforce the city’s green lung and provide better facilities to tourists, the state government is planning to develop an integrated wildlife protected zone and international-standard tourism facilities at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai.

Finance minister Sudhir Mungatiwar, who is also in charge of the forest portfolio, told dna that like the SGNP, they would also develop such facilities at the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve and Gorewada zoological park at Nagpur. This will be on the lines of Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya.

“We will develop international-standard forest tourism here… the project will be completed in four years,” said Mungantiwar, adding that a team of forest officers was studying the models to be adopted for the long-pending project.

The is the largest such park within city limits in the world, spread over an area of 104 sq km spanning parts of the Mumbai (suburban), Palghar and Thane districts. It also houses the Buddhist-era Kanheri caves, which date to between the first century BC and ninth century AD, and the Tulsi and Vihar lakes which supply water to Mumbai.

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