Atithi Devo Bhava…the pink guests of Mumbai at serious threat, help save them
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Aren't our guests our God?
The City of Mumbai waits for the bird watching festivals with the arrival of the flamingoes in the city. With the onset of winter every year, thousands of flamingoes enter the city, their seasonal habitat, along with several species of waders and birds of the wetland who are native to the city’s large stretch of mangroves.
A BNHS study reveals that none less than 40000 rare species of the lesser and greater flamingoes flock the area along with 150 more species of wetland birds, many of whom are native to the mudflats. A beautiful site of these pink birds could be captured by naked eyes at few metres from the sewri jetty, will now perhaps becomes a history as the city gears up to the developmental need of the more vocal human species as against the quiet visitors-the birds.
With the construction of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link set rolling, this year, not even hundreds of flamingoes could be seen that too at the far end from the jetty, an indication of what the disturbance caused may lead to in future.
We understand that the city needs development, but we also need to save the seasonal homes of the flamingoes who come to our city as visitors and bring smile to us. We are not asking you to scrap the project but can you not put your foot down to shift the bridge that currently cuts right through the birds habitat and will continue to run through if it is not shifted backwards to south. We have seen birds just a few hundred metres from the jetty a year back and today, they have been pushed to the farthest end. I fear, we will not see them again, as they are disturbed even with this minimal intervention.
We write to you Sir, with a request and hope that you will help save the biggest habitat of flamingoes in Mumbai and so also the smile that they bring to our face. Please ask JICA and MMRDA to re-align the bridge and shift it back towards south as per suggestions of many of senior Environmentalists and also BNHS.
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