NatConnect Series: Save & Conserve Panje Wetland as #MMRbiodiversityPark​.​WMBD Gift

NatConnect Series: Save & Conserve Panje Wetland as #MMRbiodiversityPark​.​WMBD Gift

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NATCONNECT FOUNDATION started this petition to Shri Uddhav Thackeray (Chief Minister of Maharashtra)

Hon’ble Mukhya Mantri ji,

Thank you very much for your prompt responses to our pleas regarding saving Panje Wetland.

Now, we write to you ahead of the World Migratory Bird Day being observed on October 9 with a specific request to you to declare and conserve Panje Wetland in Uran as #MMRbiodoversityPark.

This will be an ideal WBMD Gift for the people of MMR.

The reasons:

Wetlands and mangroves around Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), not merely the island city of Mumbai, must be preserved for the sake of survival.

The government has worked out a detailed MCAP is fully aware of the dangers of climate change the City is facing.

Yet, the important issue of preserving Mumbiodiversity is being ignored.

The classic examples are: The government owned CIDCO and even Raigad District Collector deny the existence of wetlands in Navi Mumbai.

They are partially right because all wetlands are being converted into desert lands with massive landfill.

Fortunately, there are few wetlands left and Panje is one of them.

It is high time that we began to educate and sensitise the officials concerned – rather unconcerned – and the people at large on the importance of conserving the biodiversity.

You will agree with us that there is a need for a Biodiversity Park for MMR.

Mumbai does not have even a single inch of land available and environment care is unfortunately considered as a luxury.

One will not find a vast area – 300 hectares – of wetland anywhere around. Panje has it.

Sir, we appreciate the fact that CIDCO has marked Panje as Holding Pond No 1 (as part of flood mitigation for Dronagiri node.

But unfortunately, the same CIDCO, has leased out Panje to now de-notified Navi Mumbai SEZ.

This shows the so-called pro-environment policies of CIDCO!

Not only that, CIDCO has even incorporated Panje as part of its Dronagiri Development Plan marking the wetland area as Sector 16 to 28.

This lease has to be scrapped.

BNHS and many environment lovers have been requesting the government to save Panje wetland not only for saving Uran’s biodiversity but to save the flights at upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport from the dangers of bird-hits as birds displaced by burial of wetlands will fly helter-skelter and land around the airport project area.

The bird population around the NMIA project is already on the rise, as per BNHS studies.

Hence this fervent appeal to you and the government for saving and conserving Panje Wetland as #MMRbiodiversityPark .

Panje has a rich biodiversity: There are mangroves around, despite destruction of many, over 1,50,000 birds come here and then the beauty of the vast inter-tidal water.

Sir, we are working with BNHS’ help to list out biodiversity properties in MMR and will keep updating the government.

Looking forward to your positive response, as always.

Thanks and regards

B N Kumar

Director - NatConnect Foundation

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