Save the flamingoes, other birds, and the mangroves from disappearing, at Seawoods Nerul

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Dear Mr Kareer,

We just heard about the GOM notification no. TPB – 4316/1340/CR-97/03/UD-11 of 05th October 2016 which proposes to change the land use at Sector 60, Nerul from ‘No Development Zone' to 'Residential and Golf Course.’ This has shocked the citizens of Mumbai / Navi Mumbai. The area is rich in biodiversity, has reserved mangrove forests 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 understand that Dr. Deepak Apte, Director BNHS, has written to you on 14th March 2017 Ref. 413/2017 in this connection. We give below an extract from the letter:

“The above mentioned 67.85 Ha area is part of core zone of the proposed Flamingo Sanctuary which cannot be diverted for change in current land use. Please note that BNHS report mentioning about declaration of Flamingo Sanctuary has been accepted by State Board of Wildlife (SBWL) in its 10th & 11th meetings. Therefore, diversion of the proposed land use may jeopardize Sewri Nhava Seva Link project as well as Navi Mumbai Airport.”

We are surprised that CIDCO proposes to build a Golf Course when it has recently built one in Kharghar just about 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 birds and has protected mangroves.

We hope CIDCO will not go ahead with its proposal to build residential buildings in an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Many citizens of Navi Mumbai have written to MD CIDCO in this regard.

We do hope that Urban Development Department will withdraw the Notification No.TPB - 4316/1340/CR-97/03/UD-11 of 05th October 2016 and ensure Navi Mumbai continues to develop in a sustainable manner without destroying the open spaces that exist on the coast line.



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