The release of water from Dharoi Dam and Sardar Sarovar into Sabarmati resulted in water spilling over to the walkway on both sides of the Riverfront from Subhash Bridge to Dudheshwar. This in turn brought several snakes to the Riverfront walkaways which had to be rescued.
Jayesh Thakar, chairman of Nature Preservation Group said they rescued 27 snakes including a cobra from the Riverfront walkway in the last two days.
Thakar said “We found a snake in the floating restaurant and two in the boating clubs. Our group has seven volunteers and two other NGOs joined in the rescue,”
He said it was important to rescue the snakes as the reptiles could have bitten the people. “The rescued snakes have been released in canals. The situation has now improved. The rescue work was difficult due to the walkaway being slippery and muddy,” said Thakar.
Dr Asif Meman, general manager of parks and gardens at Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Ltd, is now under control.