47 hectares of Mangroves worth crores saved by HC , 35 hectares of wetlands remaining .
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47 hectares of Mangroves worth crores saved by Bombay HC , 35 hectares of wetlands remaining . Imagine the value of 35 hectares on prime location on Palm Beach Road being handed over to a private builder for residential and commercial development in name of golf course by changing the land use from No Development Zone to Regional Park Zone and Residential Zone ?
Imagine the benefit to a private builder on land of 35 hectares in Palm Beach Road , Nerul , Navi Mumbai where land has been allotted overlooking all environmental laws .
The area is rich in biodiversity, has reserved mangrove forests , wetlands and is the habitat of many bird species including migratory birds like flamingos. Its biodiversity / marine life has been studied by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and TERI who have issued various reports recommending that the area’s biodiversity be preserved. It also helps prevent floods by storing water during heavy rains & high tides.
We are surprised that CIDCO proposes to build a Golf Course when it has recently built one in Kharghar just over 10 kms away. CIDCO, as a responsible Planning Body, should preserve the green lungs of the city and ensure residential buildings are not built in area which is a habitat of birds and has protected mangroves and wetlands.
This despite supreme court order dated 4th October 2017 . Relevant extract :
"We make it clear and reiterate that in terms of our order dated 8th February, 2017, 2,01,503 wetlands that have been mapped by the Union of India should continue to remain protected on the same principles as were formulated in Rule 4 of the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010."
Link to full order : https://indiankanoon.org/doc/56633470/
Develop this area as eco tourism spot instead of destroying wetlands for one more golf course and residential towers in Navi Mumbai.
We, in Mumbai & Navi Mumbai, do not seem to have learnt any lesson from Chennai Floods of December 2015 as we are doing the same mistake as committed by Chennai .
As Chennai expanded, more than 150 water bodies were encroached & turned into human habitation.
Let us learn from Chennai's mistake and not repeat them.
For complaints about wetlands destruction call 1926 or post online complaint on newly launched website https://www.konkanwetland.com/
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Link to Twitter : saveNaviMumbaiWetlandsTweets (@sunnyagro): https://twitter.com/sunnyagro?s=09
Link to a short film on this issue by international channel Zoomin.tv :
�This wetland in Navi Mumbai, India, acts as a natural barrier against floods and is home to more than 80 bird species, which is exactly why the Agarwals are doing everything they can to protect it ✊
Youtube link to film :
Another very informative film on Citizens initiative & Mangroves warriors .
You tube link: https://youtu.be/-dnb2c0QUuA
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