Bhandup pumping station is an unique biodiversity right in the middle of the largest city of India, Mumbai.
The city's geography which is cut by 2 creeks (Thane creek from the south and the Vasai creek from the north) has lead to the formation of a mighty mangroves system. This not only helps the city from being submerged by tidal flooding but has become a breading groud for many different species of birds, reptiles and also insects.
Bhandup pumping station is in the heart of this ecosystem and is attracting a lot migratory and non migratory birds over the years. Of late it has also become a must go for photographers and naturalist from all over the city.
There is a nominal entry fees of ₹50 per person and ₹50 or ₹150 for taking your vehicle. ₹100 is charged as camera fee. There is also a jeety at the end of the road where you can hire a boat which will take you in and around the creek, the price wary and is upto you negotiate skill.
An early morning visit will not disappoint you at all and you will get to view a variety of birds and reptiles specially in the winters.
Few birds which I had the opportunity to click are different kinds of herons, storts, egrets, white throat and common kingfisher, koel, coucal, parakeets, bee-eaters, sunbirds, bulbuls, doves, mynas, sandpiper, stilts, swallows, Gulls, cormorants and of course the flamingos. Other than this lizards, snakes and lot of butterflies.
Overall this place has a significant values in whichever way we think and we should do whatever it take to protect it from the destruction caused by human beings.