The Forest Department’s mangrove cell’s proposal for a vast nature park surrounded by 200 acres of mangroves is one step closer to realization. According to officials with knowledge of the situation, the construction bids for the park should be chosen by the end of June.
When finished, the building will have a “mangrove museum” and a suspended glass bridge that allows guests to see the nearby wetlands.
The centerpiece of the project is a 5,100 square meter, cutting edge nature interpretation center (NIC) that will be accessible by boat from the Gorai Jetty or by Link Road and is tucked away on the banks of the Gorai Creek.
It is a carefully positioned building among the deep mangrove forest, and it is not apparent until one approaches the NIC’s entrance. According to the Forest Department’s detailed project report (DPR) for the NIC in Dahisar, “The structure is elevated from the ground and is designed like a skywalk, giving one the sense of a structure floating above the eye level.”
A pick-up site for planned kayaking excursions into the Gorai Creek and Dahisar River is being built along a 400-meter-long “mangrove trail” that runs parallel to the high-tide line. These will only be accessible to guests during high tides and last for 60 to 90 minutes. Six slots per day are proposed for longer instructional trips that last about 240 minutes each.
The primary focus in Dahisar, however, is to provide a base for research related to mangroves and marine conservation, similar to our Coastal & Marine Biodiversity Centre in Airoli. Construction of the Gorai complex, which will primarily serve as a tourism destination, is now complete. We have released tenders for the Dahisar facility, and a suitable bidder may be chosen by June’s end, according to SV Ramarao, additional principal chief conservator of forests (APCCF), mangrove cell.
Source- travel biz