State forest minister to draw fire line in SGNP to prevent fire spread

Forest officials said the SGNP has a primary fire line, which now will be strengthened considering repeated fire incidents

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Keeping the frequent fires around Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in mind, the state forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar recently directed officials to draw a fire line around the park, in order to prevent the fire from spreading to an adjoining areas and the protected forest in Mumbai.

A fire line is made by digging a trench on a strip of land, which is cleared off the plantation, so that fire can be stopped on either side. Forest officials said SGNP has a primary fire line, which will now be strengthened considering the repeated incidents. 

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On December 4, a massive fire broke out on a private plot close to the Aarey Milk Colony near Goregaon and the fire brigade team took nearly 14 hours to douse the intense fire.

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Talking about this decision, Anwar Ahmed, Director and Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF), SGNP, said the existing fire line will be strengthened to avoid the spread in the future spreading into SGNP. Officials will soon identify the locations where the fire has been reported frequently and strengthen those areas by making the line more fire-resistant.

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