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Colaba Woods Garden

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Colaba Woods Garden is located near the Taj -President Hotel in South Mumbai. Its about 5 km from the CST railway station.

The Colaba woods garden is located on C.T.S. No. 87A and 88B. It is spread over 31,000 sq. Mtrs. It is a beautiful wooded tree garden near to high sky scraper buildings.

In the early 80’s the Tata Electric Company took over an eight-acre plot of land from the MCGM. This was called as Colaba woods. It was a refuse dump.

Today this green forest in the concrete jungle at Cuffe Parade is the lung of the locality. It has several facilities like joggers’ track, an amphi-theater, a readers’ corner for street children, basketball courts, children play areas and areas for relaxation.

The Colaba woods project is an example of what ordinary citizens can do for their city. It is one of the oldest open spaces in the area.

Colaba Woods won the Urban Heritage Award in 1989.

A tree survey (April 2015) report states that the Colaba Woods garden and its adjacent area has 803 trees which belong to 99 species. This includes a few rare trees like the ‘Beggar’s Bowl’ and another which is called the ‘Sub-Himalayan Toona tree’.

Of 803 trees, about 284 are more than 30 feet high, said botanist Dr Chandrasekhar Marathe, adding that it is rather rare to find tall trees in the midst of a densely populated urban area.

Another resident Manjeet Kriplani said, “The Colaba woods is a botanical library. We thought the bird species found in this area are nowhere else in Cuffe Parade. This garden needs to be preserved.”

Source:  Wikipedia, Times of India

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