SGNP to open gates for walkers and cyclists from June 15

SGNP field director, G Mallikarjun, confirmed the same. As of now, the park will remain open from 5am to 9am and visiting hours have been divided in two slots for walkers and cyclists.

SGNP to open gates for walkers and cyclists from June 15

Mumbai's popular Sanjay Gandhi National Park was closed for the last few weeks due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision was taken earlier keeping the COVID-19 guidelines and the increasing cases in mind. However, as per reports, the officials from Borivali's SGNP have now decided to reopen the gates from June 15, 2021. 

The confirmation regarding the same was given on Friday, June 12, 2021 and it is being said that the park will remain open for few hours a day, i.e. from  5am to 7.30am and from 7.30am to 9am. The first slow will be for people who wish to walk in the park and the second slot will be assigned for those who wish to cycle and visit the park in general. 

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Meanwhile, the safari and the rescue centre shall remain closed keeping animal safety in mind. 

The decision was taken based on the level-3 guidelines issued by the government as per the new unlocking initiative drafted under Mission Break the Chain. The park is ready to manage a good number of people and it is said that eartlier this year when SGNP gates were opened after the 2020 lockdown, the officials witnessed a large number of visitors which continued for a few months. However, the park was later closed for the public keeping the rising cases and spread in mind.

Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in a statement released on Friday, June 12, 2021, informed that while the city has been moved under the level-2 category, Mumbai will continue to observe restrictions mentioned for level-3 cities. Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal confirmed the same. As per reports, the decision has been taken keeping the monsoon conditions, population density and the crowded local trains in mind.

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