Fellow Citizens, Save 80 hectares of biodiversity rich wetlands & mangroves in Navi Mumbai
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An area as big as 80 hectares is 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.
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.
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.
But CIDCO has been taking approvals from different ministries and government bodies like MCZMA by making statements that there are no wetlands in this area.
Please ask authorities to take back the notification and approvals for change in land use obtained on the basis of false and misleading statements.
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.
We have already filed a PIL 58/2018 in Mumbai High Court. The support of maximum people will help in opening the eyes of decision makers.
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