Updated: July 18, 2021 7:20:23 pm
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) office and residential quarters of at least five forest officers in the park were damaged after floodwater entered the premises following the torrential rain that hit Mumbai early Sunday morning.
SGNP director G Mallikarjun told The Indian Express that there was a sudden swell in the Dahisar river, which starts from the foothills of the SGNP, and five staff quarters were submerged in water.
“The staff came to my house around 2.30 am. We have shifted everyone to the guesthouse, which is located at a higher altitude. Most of these houses are currently covered with mud. We have lost some computers,” Mallikarjun said.
Dahisar area received about 190 mm of rainfall.
Anwar Ahmed, a former director of SGNP, said a similar situation arose in 2016 and 2019 when SGNP offices were flooded and so were the quarters. “We had submitted a plan to construct new offices at a height, but somehow the money was not sanctioned,” he said.
A staffer claimed that some of the houses were completely covered with loose soil and it will take at least four days to clear it. He said, “A lot of our household provisions and clothes have got washed away.”
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sunil Limaye said, “We are in the process of constructing a new office and the quarters will be shifted. It (Sunday’s incident) was due to flash rains. Hopefully, this is the last time when our employees have to face such a situation.”
Limaye said he expected most of the records and documents to be safe as they have been largely digitised.
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