State forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Sunday announced that Navi Mumbai will have a ‘Glow Garden’ akin to the one in Dubai in the next 18 months. The minister said the aim is to enable Mumbaikars who cannot afford to visit Dubai to enjoy a similar experience by visiting the garden in Navi Mumbai.
Mr Mungantiwar was speaking after inaugurating the state’s first Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre in Airoli. Mr Mungantiwar said that on Monday, which is Maharashtra Day, anyone visiting the sanctuary or the centre would not be charged. The minister also announced that once a week, children from a municipal school would be taken to the centre for free.
This centre, which is a part of the Thane Flamingo Sanctuary, will not only provide nature enthusiasts a better understanding of the marine biodiversity but also offer visitors boat rides to savour the sight of the flamingos.
The 7,000 square feet centre’s first phase, which was thrown open for the public on Sunday, will have a second phase that will include various marine biodiversity exhibiting whales, dolphins and turtles. As part of the first phase, a total of 600 species will be displayed at the centre. Some of the exhibits were made in Germany and have been shipped to the city.