Thane creek area declared as ‘Flamingo Sanctuary’ by Maharashtra government [ Current Affairs ]
About Thane creek area: Thane Creek is an inlet in the beach of the Arabian Sea that separates the city of Mumbai from the Indian mainland. It covers the area between Mumbra Retibunder and the Mankhurd - Vashi Bridge.
- The creek is divided into two parts. The first part lies between Ghodbunder and Thane. The second part of the waterway lies between the city of Thane and the Arabian Sea at Trombay / Uran, before the Gharapuri islands.
About Flamingo Sanctuary:
- The sanctuary has been named as the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary.
- It is located on the western bank of the Thane Creek between the Vashi and Airoli bridges that connect Mumbai with Navi Mumbai.
- It is spread over an area of 1, 690 hectares which include 794 hectares of adjacent water body and 896 hectares of mangroves.
- The adjoining mangrove areas on either side of the creek will be the eco - sensitive zone (ESZ) of the Sanctuary. These areas are already have been notified as Reserve Forests.
About declaration of Flamingo Sanctuary:
- Maharashtra government has declared the area along Thane Creek as Flamingo Sanctuary.
- For this, State Revenue and Forest Department has issued notification to declare northern part of the creek as a wildlife sanctuary as per provisions of Section 18 of the Wildlife (Protection Act), 1972.
- Published on: August 11, 2015