Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2927 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:39 am Post subject: Re: Crocs in Powai Lake (Mumbai)
Ever been on the platform at Dadar during rush hour?
We in Bangalore are hard workers. We are already on it.
We want all the roads and I mean all, in Bangalore to resemble the rush hour in dadar.
We have already achieved considerable success, what with Azim premji, Narayan Murthy etc threatening to shift their business elsewhere.
But we in Bangalore are a modest lot and don't like to boast.
No station can beat my Dombivli for the rush hour fun.
And there has been even a film on that name, Dombivli Fast, i guess.
Agreed ! Agreed ! Agreed !
I used to attend my coaching classes in dombivli at 7 am and the the competition amongst we friends to get down first on dombivli station before the train stoped used to be a dangerous one.!
Yes there is a marathi movie by name Dombivli fast but nothing related to the hustle bustle on the dombivli station.
Joined: Nov 19, 2003 Posts: 3719 Location: Chennai
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: Crocs in Powai Lake (Mumbai)
[quote="rohansd";p="83607"]I used to attend my coaching classes in dombivli at 7 am and the the competition amongst we friends to get down first on dombivli station before the train stoped used to be a dangerous one.!
Fast local from Ambarnath on platform #5 is the most challenging one.
I have seen many irked commuters pushed inside and forced to get down at Thane, wanting to get down one stop before.
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:35 pm Post subject: Re: Crocs in Powai Lake (Mumbai)
All arguments aside, it is difficult to beat a modern metropolis having nearly 50 mammal species including big game like Leopard, barking deer, crocodiles and Sambar within municipal limits.
@Banjohead - Sorry, I was not planning to do a listing of fauna of the park but since you ask - yes, plenty of snakes - I have personally seen cobras, rat snakes, russels viper, green vine snakes, checkered and striped keelbacks, python most of which can be found even in larger cities in India. Others have reported a much larger variety. Lycodon can probably elaborate on the more exotic ones found there. Apart from this a huge variety of birds - we have clocked nearly 350+ species in and around Mumbai.
@Shankar: I'll soon have you getting even more nostalgic when I put up some pics of a fishing trip I did in your old stomping grounds...
Joined: May 05, 2006 Posts: 183 Location: Whitefield, Bangalore
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:38 pm Post subject: Re: Crocs in Powai Lake (Mumbai)
Venkat (and others too),
I spent a good four years in the idyllic, sylvan settings of the IIT Bombay campus. Personally, I have seen a Leopard, been haunted by the vision of a few crocs - both in Vihar and the Powai lakes, and was almost bitten by a cobra in the wee hours of the morning. Sadly, I haven't found any of that in the midst of Ulsoor, Bangalore :-( Even though, I support Bangalore in whatever the war of the cities is on. But personally, I doubt whether I'll ever see a real wild leopard on the rooftop of a Professor's apartment in the midst of an educational campus.
As far as fish goes, I don't think anyone can beat the number of Tilapias in Powai lake - especially with regard to the amount of mercury they hold in their veins. Those guys are more clinical thermometers than pisceans.
Some say to have heard of a tiger near Canheri caves. How true is this?
Canheri Caves has become really spooky area in recent times. Not heard of tiger but you will definitely spot leopard if you stroll around in the area for a while.
Even BEST had halted its bus services to Canheri from Borivali Station long back.
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:06 pm Post subject: Re: Crocs in Powai Lake (Mumbai)
A couple of years back (2006 - I think), a tigress was spotted at the Nagla block of the National Park (Northernmost boundary of the park)
Later pugmarks were also discovered by the forest officials. It is presumed that she travelled over the Tungareshwar range which is somewhat contigious to the park at the northern end.
This sighting was crucial in getting the Tungareshwar range declared as a sanctuary.
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