Croc­o­dile sighted in nul­lah at Juina­gar again, say res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­abi@hin­dus­tan­

The slushy nul­lah be­hind Juina­gar rail­way sta­tion where res­i­dents have seen a huge croc­o­dile.

A huge croc­o­dile was seen in a chan­nel in Sanpada many times since July 29.

The flow­ing water be­hind Juina­gar rail­way sta­tion, has many res­i­den­tial build­ings near it.

Gau­rav Shah, who works in an of­fice nearby, saw the rep­tile on July 29 first. “I had just parked my car when some­one from my of­fice asked me to check what was in the bushes. When I went near the chan­nel, near El­lora Fi­esta build­ing, I was shocked to see the huge croc­o­dile around 6-7 feet mov­ing there.”

He added, “A cou­ple of days later the croc­o­dile was once again seen in the area of the chan­nel be­tween El­lora Fi­esta and Mil­len­nium Tow­ers, but on the op­po­site side of the chan­nel. There were some more sight­ings later by some peo­ple.”

Wor­ried res­i­dents and shop­keep­ers have de­manded that the chan­nel be cov­ered at the ear­li­est .

Res­i­dents and busi­ness­men of Sanpada, es­pe­cially sec­tor 11, 23 and 24, have writ­ten to the mayor, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner and the po­lice on the is­sue.

Mukesh Bhanushali, a res­i­dent, said: “This is a se­ri­ous life threat­en­ing mat­ter. There is a pos­si­bil­ity that there are more than one rep­tile in the area and they have made this place their home.”

Bhanushali said, “There is no fenc­ing or pro­tec­tion wall along the chan­nel and its route. It would be a catas­tro­phe if the rep­tile man­aged to come out of the nul­lah into the res­i­den­tial area.”

Bhanushali said, “We the res­i­dents want im­me­di­ate pro­tec­tion. While ur­gent mea­sures need to be taken, for the long term the civic body should cover the nul­lah as it has done in Vashi and use it for pay and park.”

He said, “We have learnt that orig­i­nally NMMC had planned a box type nul­lah along the chan­nel route and also a ser­vice road but they are still to see the light of day.”

Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane, who the res­i­dents met and sub­mit­ted their com­plaint said, “All steps will be taken to se­cure the res­i­dents. I have in­structed the ad­min­is­tra­tion to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion in the is­sue.”

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