Parts of the Thane creek are set to become a wildlife sanctuary, with the state wildlife board Monday approving the proposal.
The 1690.52-hectare wildlife sanctuary will include mangrove forests and adjoining mudflats along the western part of the Thane creek. It excludes the main part of the creek and is located between the Vashi and Airoli bridges.
The Indian Express had first reported about the mangrove cell’s proposal in March last year.
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Called the ‘Thane Creek Sanctuary’, the protected area will mainly include the mangrove forests and wetlands of Mulund, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Kanjurmarg and Mandale.
This area is home to more than 25,000 flamingos and various bird species such as painted storks, ospreys, terns and little herons, ibis, white-bellied sea eagle and plovers.
In another decision, 2.7 acres of the eco-sensitive zone of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has been leased out to the Indian Air Force for 30 years and the board also approved tiger safari in the SGNP and Chandrapur sanctuaries.