"but can please someone show me how to store these basenames in some sort of array so that i can use them later part in the code."
Consider reading and understanding the code you've posted, you already do this for a different array/value:
So rather than print the value of basename($file) to screen push the value of basename($file) into @dir_names.Read push, http://learn.perl.org.
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