Civic issues, Features and Personalities of Navi Mumbai
Shailesh Khotkar, an animal lover, committed his life for welfare animals that need help. He had an experience of 8 years in this field of rescuing animals, birds and reptiles from different situations. For two years he has started a pet zone to take care of different species.
Recently he caught Common Krait, Asia’s deadliest snake, found in residential areas of Kharghar and a rare species of Monitor Lizard near to the fire station. From childhood he was interested in animals and take care those needy creatures. He felt very bad when people use to kill snakes, Monitor Lizards, reptiles and other animals for various reasons. He rescued many animals from such situations. Shailesh Says, “decreasing number of snakes could disturb life cycle and threat to the existence of other animals in the area. This may increase the number of Rats and will ultimately disturb human productions.”
Also gives treatment for Birds those having problems in Navi Mumbai. He rescued Kites from Kharghar,as it was suffering of diseases and worms residing inside its wounds. Shailesh says Owls are sacrificed for Diwali in many parts of Navi Mumbai. He also provides medical treatments for stray dogs.
On Friday a boy named Vishnu Pandit, 13, has got the bite of a cobra and died in Belapur CBD while playing. Poisonous snakes like Viper, Cobra are increasingly caught in many parts of Navi Mumbai. Shailesh observed that, “90% of snakes found in Kharghar are poisonous and caused many problems for residents, as it claimed many lives in the area.”
Natural habitats of these snakes and other animals are destroyed due to developments in the city, which forced snakes to find new places to live. Shailesh said that, Mountains near to the area was a common habitat for these animals, but are destroyed for residential purposes. So snakes started migrating through a river that flow through Sec-12 of Kharghar.
This river has also been polluted by solid wastes thrown by residents. This made snakes and Monitor Lizards to find a better place to hide. Bushes and low scrub jungle areas in Khargar and Kendriya Vihar served a better place for them. Many trees of the are cut down for construction and residential purposes and adversely affected the habitats of Snakes. Works on Metro Rail Projects has also disturbed the habitats of snakes. Those construction works make huge vibrations in the nearby area and affected the life of animals. As a result, many snakes and animals came outside to the residential areas and caught from many places of Kharghar.
As Anti Snake Venom and first aid services are not available in Navi Mumbai, people found it hard to get immediate treatments for snake bites. For a long time Social organizations for animals was asserting the importance of bringing better treatments for snake bite in the city.
Pratip Kumar, a resident of Kharghar, was bitten by a viper on 13th October. He was immediately taken to NMMC hospital but refuse to treat him, as the hospital is lacking Anti Snake Venom. The next option was Shailesh, and rushed to the spot and gave him 3 doses of the ASV. Shailesh kept some amount of ASV always which he brought from the Haffkine Institute for accidents. It’s a pathetic situation in the hospitals, that they can’t even provide proper medicines for Snake bites.
Shaliesh says “we want a special ward and a snake bite specialist in every hospital to tackle with such crucial situations”.
His vision to create a special shelter for cows in Navi Mumbai. He is conducting and more intended to conduct awareness programs in schools of Navi Mumbai.
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