According to the plan, the selected contractor will receive no monetary reimbursements, instead get TDR (Transferable Development Right) certificates, also known as the currency of Mumbai’s realty market.
Spread over 15 hectares, the MNP is home to over 158 varieties of birds, 85 species of butterflies, 30 spider varieties and 32 kinds of reptiles. This wide biodiversity makes it a “natural laboratory” for researchers.
According to the local residents, the fires are occurring since Monday. "We have been calling the fire department. Although the fire has never been big, the frequency is too high. There is definitely some foul play involved," said Harish Shore, a resident of one of the societies near SGNP.
Besides stealing valuable green space from Mumbai and clearing land from the city's national park and forest divisions, the project will likely drive wildlife into human-inhabited areas in search of food and water.