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Petition to managing director - cidco, commissioner - nmmc, urban development department, Gurunath Arse, Chief environment secretary, Conservator of forest, Konkan divisional commissiner, Somraj , sunil agarwal, Devendra Fadnavis

Save Navi Mumbai Wetlands Save Yourselves .

 Chief Minister of Maharashtra,  80 hectares of Mangroves & Wetlands worth crores on prime location on Palm Beach Road saved by High Court orders from 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 Bombay High Court on 1st November 2018 shelved the state government’s ambitious proposal to build a golf course and a residential colony near the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport calling it a destruction of water bodies/wetlands “which will infringe the fundamental rights of citizens.”A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing a bunch of PILs against an October 2016 notification of the state’s Urban Development Department. Interestingly, one of the reasons cited by the state in favour of its plan was that since the area was frequented by migratory birds and was located within 4 km of the proposed international airport, it could pose a danger to aircraft by exposing them to bird hits.“There is no material placed on record ito show that for preventing possible bird hits, making of the golf course is the only solution,” the bench observed.. It then added that the water bodies maintain ecological balance and therefore, “public trust doctrine” imposed an obligation on the state government and related agencies to protect them. The PILs also sought protection for two city lakes – the DPS lake in Sector 52, Nerul and the other one at Palm Beach Road, Navi Mumbai – both of whom were in danger due to garbage and construction debris dumping. The court directed that all the water bodies shown in the National Wetlands Inventory and Assessment prepared by Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad must be protected. On the issue of the golf course and a residential colony, the court also noted that although the proposal was being discussed by the planning authority – City and Industrial Development Corporation – since 2002, the authorities had failed to show that the impact on the ecosystem and environment was assessed or at least “such assessment was made available to the Planning Authority or the state government” while clearing the proposal.  Why waste public money in unnecessary litigation ? Action should be taken & legal cost should be recovered from officials responsible for such decisions .   Thanking you For complaints about wetlands destruction call 1926 or post online complaint on newly launched website https://www.konkanwetland.com/ Link to our Facebook page :  https://www.facebook.com/groups/savenavimumbaienvironment/ https://www.facebook.com/saveTalaweWetlands/ 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 ✊ https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=840898439434325&id=432708166912159  Youtube link to film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQEPa0jRuDs Another very informative film on Citizens initiative & Mangroves warriors . FB link : https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1732876363438678&id=165818073477856 You tube link: https://youtu.be/-dnb2c0QUuA

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Petition to Shri Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Shri Eknath Shinde, Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray

Save the Hills of Maharashtra

To, Shri Aaditya Uddhav ThackerayHon. Minister - Environment & Climate Change Government of Maharashtra Shri Eknath ShindeHon. Minister - Urban Development Government of Maharashtra Copy to - Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray Dear Sirs, Reference:    1. Judgment and order passed by Hon. National Green Tribunal, Western Zone bench at Pune in OA No. 4/2014 (Aam Aadmi Lokmanch vs State of Maharashtra)    2. Maharashtra State GR No. TPS 1817/.. Dt 14/11/2017 giving effect to the judgment and order at Ref. No.1, giving protection to citizens and hills & hill-slopes by ordering of “no-construction” zone up to 100 ft of end of hill slope Subject: State Govt to immediately file review petition in Supreme Court against the Supreme Court order dated 14/07/2020 which has set aside the above GR.     1. We write this as citizens concerned with the rampant destruction of hills and hill slopes across Maharashtra. The hills are irreplaceable natural resources which provide oxygen, host biodiversity. Hills are home to innumerable endemic flora & fauna. The hills are of immense geological and hydro geological significance as natural groundwater recharge zones; their aquifers provide essential lifeline of groundwater to villages, towns and cities of Maharashtra.     2. However, rampant construction, encroachment and hill-cutting have resulted in severe ecological damage and caused many disasters. Malin, near Bhimashankar, Dist. Pune in 2014, where 151 citizens lost their lives; Ghatkopar in Mumbai in 2000 where over 67 citizens lost their lives to landslide; and many such instances have been happening with alarming regularity across Maharashtra, year after year. What little was done to prevent the disasters, has now been reversed by the latest order of the Hon. Supreme Court.     3. On 6th June 2013, an incident in Shindewadi, in Katraj Ghat, Pune caused the death of two innocent citizens – a young mother and her daughter were swept away to a horrific end. The cause of the incident was the careless extensive hill cutting at the site of the accident. Based on a petition filed by a Pune based NGO, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its order dated 19/5/2015 had directed the State Government to pass appropriate orders to local bodies to not allow permission for any construction upon a zone of 100 feet from the end of hill slope.     4. The NGT order and the GR issued by Maharashtra Govt. were challenged in the High Court and Supreme Court by parties with pure commercial interests particularly in the construction sector. The Supreme Court on 14th July 2020 passed an order setting aside the aforementioned NGT order and the Mah State GR.     5. We draw your attention to the Hon. Supreme Court order and the observations mentioned in para 90 @ page 73. The order establishes that the Maharashtra Government failed to provide expert reports and adequate reasoning to support their GR issued in Nov 2017. It is appalling that the State of Maharashtra did not present facts and evidence of the numerous environmental accidents of humongous proportions which happen every year, nor of the human and animal lives lost, nor of the property damaged due to hill/hill-slope destruction.     6. How could the ecological significance of hills as aquifers, hills as biodiversity parks, hills as forests, hills as oxygen producing lungs, hills as carbon sequestering natural climate change mitigation resources be completely ignored? How could the Maharashtra Government conveniently forget Malin, Ghaktopkar, Shindewadi and the numerous such man-made and hence avoidable disasters? Why none of the above was even deemed necessary to be presented during the proceedings before the Hon. Supreme Court?     7. Apart from Town-Planning, numerous other government agencies such as Public Works, Highways, Forests, Rural Development and Irrigation are constantly engaged in various infrastructure projects across the state of Maharashtra and many regions are hilly or extremely hilly. It is not as if the factors causing large-scale tragedies have now been completely obviated. On the other hand, the setting aside of the aforementioned NGT order and the State GR intended to protect citizens and the Environment, brings back the perils of hill-slope destruction.  We earnestly appeal to the Maharashtra State Government to file a review petition immediately in the Supreme Court and present facts and reports and highlight the dire necessity to protect our citizens and our hills which the State Govt as custodian of the natural wealth is duty-bound to do, according to law. For Save Hills of Maharashtra movement Various NGOs of Maharashtra Attachments     1. NGT Order Dt 19/5/2015    2. State Govt GR Dt 14/11/2017    3. Supreme Court Order Dt 14/7/2020 Annexures - Media    1. https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-s-worst-landslides-and-why-these-might-not-be-the-last-ones-2006836    2. https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/54-killed-in-landslides-floods-in-maharashtra/312955    3. https://www.freepressjournal.in/cmcm/on-this-day-in-history-july-12-2000-landslide-caused-by-heavy-rains-kills-67-people-in-mumbais-ghatkopar-area    4. https://www.moneylife.in/article/what-caused-the-malin-tragedy-was-callousness-of-netas-and-babus/38264.html    5. https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-news-july-30-2019-5862406/    6. https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/shindewadi-tragedy-committee-completes-probe-blames-rathods/articleshow/31268171.cms Annexures - Research     1. Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan https://www.jsnds.org/jnds/36_1_2.pdf    2. Cente for Disaster Management, Mussoorie https://tinyurl.com/yyky58mn    

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