The Mumbai Metropolitan Region is set to lose 58 hectares of Forest land, including 10 hectares of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, to PM Narendra Modi's pet Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor.
Even though the Corridor with cover a distance of 1483 km between the political capital and the business capital of the country, the city will pay a heavy environmental price for it. Officials at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is home to 35 panthers, had told the forest department that the Corridor will greatly restrict the movement of wildlife. They had also pointed out the instances of leopards being run over by the speeding vehicles on Ghodbunder Road, which cuts through the national park.
Now the leopards will have to deal with speeding trains too.
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is the only park surviving in an urban ares and is a welcome green in a concrete jungle. The project will disturb wildlife to a great extent.
Let us save the green patch and thus a clearer environment for the next generation of ours and the animals too. Help me to make this message reach the PM.