The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been allowed by the state wildlife board to study the viability of an urban ropeway through the Sanjay Gandhi Nation Park (SNGP).
The 8-km ropeway is expected to connect Thane and Borivali. The ropeway will not only drastically cut travel time between the two areas but also boost tourism in SGNP, providing a bird’s eye view of the national park, officials said.
A maximum of 90 people would be able to commute from Thane to Borivali on the ropeway. It takes over two hours to reach Thane from Borivali by the Ghobundar road around the national park, which could be cut to 30 minutes on the cable car.
Meanwhile, activists alleged the project could lead to further encroachment in SGNP. Environmentalist Rohit Joshi suggested that a tunnel could be constructed below the national park but the environment ministry is yet to clear the project. However, a freight train corridor has already been approved. “There are slum developments along the national park. SGNP can’t merely be a picnic spot,” he said.