Instances of snakes being spotted in Borivali housing societies have increased this monsoon due to waterlogging. According to residents and elected public representatives, as many as five snakes were rescued in July. On July 1, a five feet long snake was rescued from a private school at Chikuwadi, informed social worker Sunil Sawant. Also, on the same day, local residents discovered a seven feet long snake at Kora Kendra ground.
"Most of the areas from where the snakes were found are low lying and have open storm water drains nearby. Snakes slither out and enter the building premises," said Sawant on Thursday. "There are lots of unwanted creepers in open grounds and outside residential areas that have not been cleared for more than one year now. Most of these snakes take shelter under them," he added.
According to senior civic officials, most of the snakes that have been rescued are non-venomous. There has been no death reported due to snake bites.
"These snakes are non-venomous and reside in water bodies. They come open out at residential spaces after drains overflow due to heavy rainfall," said the official.
"We are working with professional snake catchers. Whenever there is an emergency, we deploy them immediately at the spot," the official said.
According to senior Congress leader and former corporator Bhushan Patil, most of the buildings from where the snakes have been rescued are located in close proximity to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). "Often snakes like pythons come out of the forest during monsoon and enter residential buildings. Similar incidents have been reported in the past also. Over the past few years, many snakes were rescued from Borivali and its adjoining areas by BMC and private snake rescuers," Patil told the Free Press Journal.