Marijuana, alcohol, blowhorns, tobacco, stoves and cylinders were among the items confiscated from visitors at the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on Thursday.
Around five lakh people visited the Shiv temple inside the sanctuary in Vasai, while the number of people who visited the Buddhist Kanheri caves inside SGNP in Borivali was around 3000 — almost a 50 per cent drop from previous years, according to D Stalin, project manager of NGO Vanashakti, who has been volunteering at SGNP during Mahashivaratri for several years.
According to volunteers at TWS, around 20 bags of plastic items as well as 15 bottles of foreign and country liquor, 40 chillums (smoking pipe), 100 packets of marijuana, blowhorns and conch shells were collected from the visitors this year.
“There was higher security this year and this should continue. There was a perception that people could get away with anti-social activities, but now it’s not possible,” said Ashok Master, who visited the temple inside TWS.
“No incident of fire or bad behaviour was reported till evening. We did not allow cooking inside the sanctuary this year,” said Gupta.