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Caught on Camera and by Satellite: Mangrove destruction in Borivali

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Officials inspect 25-acre area in Borivli after allegations of mangrove destruction

MUMBAI: Following allegations that constructions carried out by a private builder led to the destruction of a 25-acre stretch of mangroves, officials from the revenue, forest and police department inspected the area in Borivli on Tuesday 17th March 2015.

N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forests, mangrove cell, said, “Our officials, who went to the spot, found that the area came under private land. There could have been mangroves in the area but as the land is privately owned it comes under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification. Violation of this notification is not dealt with by the forest department. The revenue officials have to look into the matter.”

Prashanti Mane, tehsildar, Borivli taluka, told HT that she needed to get infor mation regarding the matter and refused to comment.

2015 23 Jan side Dharma Nagar

Google map of the place as in Jan 2015

Dharma Nagar 15 Mar (13)View from the nearby building Dharma Nagar 15 Mar (18) 2004 24 Nov off Dharma NagarGoogle map of the area ten years ago

Harish Pandey, environmental activist and resident of Dahisar, who accompanied the officials to the site near Dharma Nagar, said, “We have consistently been following up with authorities to protect the last green pocket in the area. Neither the authorities nor the wrongdoers take the court order seriously. As a resident of the area, we are contemplating filing a contempt petition against the authorities and the builder.”

Through an order delivered in October 2005, the Bombay high court has given the mangroveson government land the status of ‘protected forests’ and that of ‘forests’ to the mangrove land under private ownership. As a result, the mangroves cannot be damaged.

Pandey said, “In November, the New Link Road Residents Forum had issued a legal notice to the local police and revenue department regarding similar reclamation of the wetland in Dahisar. Now, the same thing has happened in Borivli.”

  • 19 Mar 2015
  • Hindustan Times (Mumbai)
  • Badri Chatterjee badri.chatterjee@hindustantimes.com

1 Comment

  1. Reblogged this on edwinsequeira and commented:
    great work being done by #HarishPandey and #MathewPeedikayil . Lot more needs to be done. More people need to join in this worthy cause .

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