WHILE the local administration in Thane flaunts the satellite town as a city of lakes, a water body that was desilted and converted into an artificial pond to provide a source of drinking water for wild animals inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), has virtually disappeared under heaps of debris and garbage dumped in it.
The pond, built as a 40-foot- deep structure located near a government rest house, was designed to allow nature lovers to watch animals attracted to the pond.
The pond can no longer be spotted under the mud and muck dumped in it.
Sources said the pond had been in this condition for at least two years with no renovation or conservatory action undertaken.
Asked about the status of the pond, Sanjay Gandhi National Park Director Vikas Gupta said, “We have begun an inquiry into the same but the details are yet to be examined.”