Structures and Roads Around Sanjay Gandhi National Park Damaged After Dahisar River Overflows

The Dahisar river in the northwestern suburbs, because of the continual rainfall in the city, overflowed through parts of Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

Structures and Roads Around Sanjay Gandhi National Park Damaged After Dahisar River Overflows

Heavy rains around Mumbai’s northwestern suburbs has led to the overflowing of the Dahisar river. As a consequence, parts of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) have also been affected while some portions of the roads have also been damaged due to the rains. 

Surrounding regions of Borivali’s SGNP saw some waterlogging and flooding, particularly at the office of the national park as well as six buildings of the staff quarters. 

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Speaking on the matter, Range Forest Officer at SGNP, Vijay Barabde, said - “All structures had 1.5-foot-high water. Our staff is working on its removal. However, more flooding was witnessed along Shanti Van bridge at SGNP’s periphery, which has brought traffic to a standstill.”

The India Meteorological Department has predicted intense rains in Mumbai for the next two days, which has served as a warning for the residents of the city. However, city officials allowed the reopening of shopping malls today even with heavy rains expected around the city. 

The civic body, in view of the situation, had asked all establishments and workplaces to remain closed, except emergency services. Moreover, the BEST bus services were diverted on at least 8 routes in various parts of Mumbai city and the suburbs.

According to reports, the vehicular movement was paused on several areas like Hindmata Flyover, Andheri Subway, Malad Subway, Milan Subway, King Circle, Shindewadi and Dadar TT, as per Mumbai Police.

Meanwhile, whereas areas like Andheri Subway, Khar Link, Dahisar Subway, Road, National College Bandra, Veera Desai Road were flooded in the western suburbs, areas like Tembi Bridge, Chembur, Postal Colony Chembur witnessed waterlogging in the eastern suburbs.

Speaking on the heavy rains around Dahisar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife-West), Sunil Limaye said - “Luckily no animals have been injured in the wild or at the animal rescue centres, and there have been minimal tree fall cases. Fortunately, an accurate forecast by the weather bureau helped us identify the risk we were facing. On Monday, all major files, electronics, and other valuables were kept at a height of five feet and above, to ensure they do not get damaged.”

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According to a report in Hindustan Times, areas within and along the periphery of SGNP in Borivali witnessed waterlogging with the national park office and six structures of staff quarters getting flooded. Moreover, due to the continual rainfall, the traffic was brought to a standstill.

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