German Consul General takes a walk on the wild side at SGNP

Published: 12 December, 2012 07:40 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav |

Park authorities organised a trek for the 34-team delegation through deep forest cover; plan to start new treks to generate more revenue

Nature lovers can rejoice. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) is organising new treks and trails to generate more revenue for the park. And yesterday, German Consul General Michael Siebert and his team of 34 members sweated it out on this trail. It was the first time that the German Consul General visited the park and forest officials organised a special three-hour trek for the delegation from Kanheri and Gaimukh passing through the thick forest cover with some steep climbing and walks through the rocky patches.

German Consul General Michael Siebert with a team
One with nature: German Consul General Michael Siebert with a team of 34 members went on a special three-hour trail from Kanheri to Gaimukh. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Confirming the same, Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) and SGNP Director Sunil Limaye said, “We have been receiving several requests from consulates to organise different treks. We accepted the request made by the German Consulate and organised a three-hour long trek for them from Kanheri to Gaimukh. We are expecting many more requests from consul members.”

Limaye added that the authorities were planning to organise new trails, as it would also provide more revenue to the park that would help in conservation. “By starting the treks at SGNP we want to attract more nature lovers so that they can explore the beauty in the park,” said Limaye.

Meanwhile, German Consul General Michael Siebert told MiD DAY, “When I would glance at the map of Mumbai, I always noticed a green patch of forest cover within the city and I always wanted to visit it. Going on the trek was a beautiful experience. Our entire team thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the beautiful flora and fauna. The view of the lake Tulsi and Vihar were spectacular.”

Trek cost
Indians: Rs 300
Foreign tourists: Rs 800 

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