Mumbai, (The Hindu): Come February and bird enthusiasts in Mumbai will be able to watch winged visitors, including flamingos, in Thane creek. The mangrove cell of the forest department has decided to start a 10-km boat ride in the creek.
“All permissions have been obtained and we are ready to take tourists to the dense mangrove cover from next month,” additional principal chief conservator of forests N. Vasudevan said.
The bookings can be made online. “The boat ride will be a treat for nature lovers. We have roped in experts on nature and wildlife who will play the role of guides,” he said. “They can explain to visitors about the existing marine life, mangroves, birds, and the abundance of flora and fauna along the creek.”
In 2016, the State government had declared a large part of Thane creek as a flamingo sanctuary. It is state’s second marine sanctuary, the other one being at Sindhudurg in Konkan region.
The State mangrove cell had last year set up the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre at Airoli along the creek.
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