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Maharashtra Nature Park

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This Nature Park In The City Is Being Taken Over By The Builders & Here's What You Can Do To Save It

Bhavika posted on 21 March

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Did you know that there is a massive forest nature park in the middle of Dharavi that you can visit? We took a stroll in the area and trust us, it was no walk in your neighbourhood park.

Where Did This Come From?

The Maharashtra Nature Park, once known as Mahim Nature Park, is an amazing case of ‘from rags to riches’, only we mean it in the most environmental sense. The 37-acre land was once one of Mumbai’s biggest dumping grounds located on the bank of Mithi river. In 1994, due to many years’ efforts, this vast and sprawling space was turned into a gorgeous forest park with a large eco-system with a blanket of over 12,000 trees in it!

In The Jungle

When we first spotted this patch of green due to an accidental swipe on Google Maps, we could hardly believe that we’d always been ignorant that this existed. That Mumbai had a Forest Park was music to our ears. So we took off to spend time amongst nature one morning.

Located right by the edge of Dharavi, Maharashtra, the forest park is a large, densely forested area with a brambly path for people to walk on. On your walk, you will come across different Gulmohar trees, teak trees, lasora trees, brambles and bushes. Once in a while, you may chance upon a white egret or a butterfly sporting gorgeous colours. Besides the park, they also have an art gallery and a library on environmental books for researchers, which is under construction at the moment.

 

Save The Park!

As reported by Mumbai Mirror here, the State government is proposing to use the park to redevelop Dharavi. It has faced resistance and The Bombay Natural History Society, will make a representation before the government requesting it to not let a concrete jungle replace the nature park, as the report suggests. Now, environmentalists are urging people to flood the emails of Slum Redevelopment Authority, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority {MMRDA}, and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting them to not let this happen.

To save the park, you can tweet to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis {@Dev_Fadnavis} with the hashtag #SaveMNP or email mcmmrda@gmail.com. We only have two weeks left to oppose this move, so get clicking.

So We're Saying...

Go spend time here for a little retreat from the city, some adventure and bird-spotting too. You’ll find yourself surprised at what the place can offer.

The timings are from 8am–3pm
Entry charge is INR 10 per person.

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They also organise guided walks for INR 800 for a large group, for which you only need to contact them. The best time to go bird-watching is at 8 in the morning, if you’re interested.

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Parks

Maharashtra Nature Park

Location Details
locationDharavi

Maharashtra Nature Park Society, Sion Link Road, Opp. Bus Depot, Dharavi, Mumbai

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Parks

Maharashtra Nature Park

locationDharavi