The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train corridor project will pass through the Thane Creek Flamingo (TCF) Wildlife Sanctuary.
The 1,690-hectare bird haven of 896 hectares of mangrove forests and 794 hectares of a water-body is on the western bank of the creek, between the Airoli and the Vashi bridges connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Apart from the creek, the project also involves diverting 32.75 ha of forestland and 77.30 ha of non-forestland from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park which houses leopards and transfer of 0.6902 ha of forest land and 4.7567 ha of non-forest land from the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Conditions to be followed:
While according clearance, the National Board of Wildlife, the apex body tasked with according permissions to allow forest land to be diverted for industrial development has laid pre-conditions for the bullet train project. These include
- Paying Rs. 10 crore (2% of 500 crore — the component of the project in Mumbai) for habitat improvement of the sanctuary,
- Barricading the work site to ensure that no debris fall outside the project area and ,
- Providing site and funds for penal plantation of at least 5 times the number of mangrove plants anticipated to be lost in this project.