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Petition to Devendra Fadnavis

Save the Coast - Develop Responsibly, Mumbai

SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY The MCGM (BMC) has approved a plan to spend around Rs 12,700 crores on a 9.8 km coastal road, from Princess Street Flyover to the Worli Sea-Link.  At over Rs 1200 crores per km, it will be the most expensive road ever built in India! The cost has more than doubled from the original estimates, perhaps due to the plan to reclaim 170 acres of land along the coast. At a time when Government of Maharashtra is urgently seeking Rs 8000 crores from the Centre for drought relief in the State, and when the BMC cannot spare a few hundred crores required to upgrade the BEST Bus fleet, there is no excuse for the waste of public funds on the pretext of improving traffic woes. The Coastal Road in its current state creates more problems than it solves and the citizens of Mumbai have come together to question this colossal waste of public funds and ask for a complete cessation of work on the Mumbai Coastal Road Project till we are made aware of the true facts for the following reasons: 1. BMC has admitted that the final alignment for the tunnel and the road are not yet available to share with the public. No work should be carried out before a public hearing is held. This is a statutory requirement under the MRTP Act. 2. The Environmental Impact Assessment Report of this revised alignment, including climate change issues, rising sea levels, disaster management, storm water management, sewage management and measures of mitigation need to be shared with all stakeholders including the public. The MCGM has also agreed in public interactions that the current construction is generating pollution levels in excess of what is permissible in the N.O.Cs received by the corporation. 3. The city of Mumbai floods every year leading to loss of life and property. The proposed reclamation will be a dam that will block storm drainage and will close natural edge drainage, creating even more dangerous flooding in the city. The Mithi River disaster is a case in point. 4. A fundamental flaw is the lack of a Traffic Disbursal System to connect to the proposed Coastal Road. Without the proper disbursal roads, there will be traffic jams getting on and off the coastal road creating huge congestion in the already high traffic areas on the congested stretches of Bhulabhai Desai Road, NepeanSea Road, Haji Ali junction. Residents will be struck in traffic for hours after spending Rs 12700 crores. 5. It is feared that proposed “green” spaces on the 170 acres of reclaimed land will be commercially developed or sold to private developers. This fear has worsened with the current amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), which empowers the local body (in our case, the BMC) to give all permissions. In a city where real estate is one of the most expensive in the world, and where the MCGM itself earns thousands of crores annually by way of Development Premiums and Fungible FSI, the financial pressure to succumb to the builder lobby will be extremely high. 6. There is no system in place to prevent unauthorized encroachment on the proposed reclaimed land, since these vast reclaimed lands cannot be barricaded. With the nine existing illegal dwellings in the area, the danger that the encroachment will increase is a very real one. The proposed open spaces will be converted into massive unauthorized illegal enchroachments. 7. The Koli fishing community depends on crustaceans and shellfish that breed in the rocky inter tidal areas. The proposed reclamation will deprive them of their livelihood. 8. As the Government of Maharashtra does not have funds for this project, the MCGM is dipping into their reserve funds for the initial expenditure of Rs.1500 crores. There is no indication of how this project will be funded thereafter. Should the project commence and funds dry up, the partially completed project would constitute an environmental risk of disastrous proportions to the coastline. In view of the above, the Mumbai Coastal Road project is counter to the public interest and the citizens demand that work on the Coastal Road Project be stopped until we are given the opportunity to understand all aspects of the project including its intent, environmental issues, vehicular traffic, pedestrian movement, public transport, etc.   CITIZENS! THE COASTAL ROAD RECLAMATION PROJECT MUST BE INVESTIGATED · The project has started without the final plans and the legally required public hearing. · It poses a huge environmental risk for all futures generations. · Flooding and disasters due to reclamation and closure of natural edge drainage. · No thought has been given to traffic management, which is critical. · It is a massive real-estate development project in disguise. · Loss of livelihoods for Koli community. · Fiscal waste and creation of debt trap. It diverts massive funds, which, instead, should be better spent on improving the city’s bus and rail transport. · Feared that proposed green belt will be converted into illegal encroachment belt.   SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY COMMITTEE contact details: saveourcoast2019@gmail.com  Signed: Cyrus Guzder Bittu Sehgal Susiieben Shah Rahul Kadri Ritu Desai Jai Sisodia Zia Sud Dinyar Madon Cushru Shroff Dilip Gondalia Mamta Mangaldas Radhika Sabavala Nayantara Sabavala Sooni Taraporewala Neerja Shah Nasreen Fazalbhoy              

Save Our Coast - Develop Responsibly Mumbai
26,646 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar, Sh. Nitin Gadkari

Make NCR Livable Again: Strictly Implement Pollution Control Board’s Recommendations

We all have been fighting for CLEAN AIR from last 2 Years. Ministers have given words a number of times. Hon'ble Higher Courts and National Green Tribunal are vigilant of the issue and consistently issuing Directions. But, No Implementation No Effect. People are dying due to strokes, heart diseases, lung cancer and asthma. The PM(2.5) Level maintains itself around 200 since 2 Years which is well above the Dangerous Mark. The poison in the Air has reached the maximum measurable limit of 999.9, where People can Die due to Breathing.  The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) as well as the Central  Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recognized the Problem in 2016 and recommended ways to tackle this to the Government of Haryana. But Government's huge delay in implementation is making the situation worse and taking the Lives to hell. As recommended by PCB's, Diesel Auto-Rickshaws hugely contributes to Air Pollution in Metro Areas. Banning these Autos may alone reduce the PM(2.5) Level by more than half. It was seen in Gurugram last year when large number of Diesel Autos were issued challans by Gurugram Police and the Air Quality improved drastically within in 2 Days. Also, Delhi banned Diesel Auto-Rickshaws and Buses Long ago, and thus has saved itself for so long. Same step is long due in neighboring cities as well, especially when there is sufficient availability of CNG in the area. Besides, no dust on roads, no constructions without covering sheets and all of us giving our best contribution would save the Heart of India. Thus it is requested to the Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Chief Minister Haryana to immediately put a blanket ban on Diesel Public Transport and Old vehicles and strictly implement the Recommendations made by the boards.

Aditya Gupta
539 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Karnataka State Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar, Jual Oram, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Ms Uma Bharati, Union Minister for Home, National Human Rights Commission, Shri Siddaramaiah, Dr. G. Parameshwara, Shri Ramanath Rai, Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights, Karnataka State Minister for Transport, Karnataka State Minister for Transport, Karnataka State Minister for Tourism, Prime Minister

STOP THE TWO RAILWAY TRACKS TO KODAGU, SAVE RIVER CAUVERY & YOUR DRINKING WATER

TWO RAILWAY TRACKS ARE BEING PUSHED INTO KODAGU (COORG), WHICH IS THE MAIN RIVER CATCHMENT AREA FOR THE CAUVERY. 1 - The Thalaserry- Kutta- Mysuru railway. 2 - The Mysuru- Kushalnagar- Madikeri- Mangaluru railway. WHY THIS IS A BAD IDEA: Implementing two railway tracks will involve the cutting of lakhs of trees in this rain catchment, Cauvery-creating region. Kodagu already lost 54,000 trees for a high-tension power line to Kerala, as a result of which the temperature increased and the water holes here dried up. Kodagu's tree cover makes it the Water Tank of Bengaluru, and the IT City, it is already predicted, will be unliveable in three to four decades. This is a clear prediction of the IISc. In a rain catchment area, less trees over time, leads to less rain & less river. And finally, no river. The Cauvery river has already reduced in volume by 40% over the last 50 years.In fact, the river dries up completely in Tamil Nadu and does not reach the sea any more. 70% of the inflow into the KRS reservoir in Mysuru is believed to be from Kodagu District. The River Cauvery is the lifeline of South India and provides water to over 80 million (8 crore) people, and 600 major industries across the region. It is therefore in the National Interest to preserve the Kodagu ecology. The food, water and economic security of Southern Karnataka and Tamil Nadu hinges largely on the Cauvery River. In Karnataka, these regions include the citizens and farmers of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya and Kodagu. And in Tamil Nadu it covers the districts of Salem, Erode, Trichy, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam. Simply put, no trees in Coorg means no River Cauvery. Every tree holds 30,000 to 40,000 litres of water, its roots release water underground to form tiny streams, and its leaves give off moisture into the air to create humidity that invites rain from passing clouds. Four road-widening projects to National Highway and State Highway standards is also planned and will cut lakhs more trees. A HIGH DEGREE OF HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT ALREADY EXISTS Due to the overall loss of trees, the water sources in the forests have dried up. They come alive briefly during the monsoons and die again even before summer sets in properly. With little foliage to eat, the elephants are found as often in the estates as in the forest. Human-elephant conflict has taken many lives, and people live in fear WHY WOULD THE GOVT INSIST ON PUTTING TWO RAILWAY TRACKS INTO KODAGU, WHEN THERE IS NO REAL NEED FOR THEM? LET US LOOK AT BOTH THE TRACKS: FIRST, THE KUSHALNAGAR TRACK The Kushalnagar track was declared not financially viable. The small population of Kodagu and the potential traffic of customers and goods, do not call for a railway track. The track is apparently being pushed through despite protests by the people, for the money that politicians can make from the railway contracts, and the timber money from the tree cutting that will be done. The timber lobby could be a driving force behind this track. A false narrative is being built of the track stopping at the border of Kodagu in Kushalnagar. But an RTI has clearly revealed that the track will go to Makkandur 4 km near Madikeri. So verbal assurances from politicians should not be accepted, as they may not be in power when the decision to take the track to Madikeri is made. It will also go on to Mangaluru from Madikeri. The excuse of promoting tourism is being given by the Govt, but the truth is the Coorg landscape has reached saturation in tourism. There are already too many resorts and home stays, and stinking piles of garbage are lining many of the roads. Road connectivity is already very good, and more mass tourism from the railways will kill the District's ecology.  Another excuse given by the Government is that the coffee grown here can be sent by train to Mangalore port, but the fact is that coffee is already being despatched by road, quite efficiently and economically. Hassan District has railway connectivity, and they have not benefited noticeably from it. Some argue that Hunsur has the right to get a railway track and that if Kodagu says no to the railway, it will affect Hunsur. That is easily solved, KR Nagar is just 21 km away by road and it is already connected by railway. A track can be created from KR Nagar to Hunsur. it need to not be the Mysuru-Kushalnagar railway line at crores of expense. NOW, THE THALASERRY TRACK Route - Thalaserry, Koothaparamba, Mananthavady, Kutta, Kanoor, Balele, Thitihmathi, Hunsur. Both road and rail routes from Thalaserry already exist, there is no need for this new route. The road route is through Kabini to Mysore and the railway track is through Palghat to Bangalore. There is a flourishing bus service from Thalaserry to Bangalore and there is no desperate need for a railway at such a terrible environmental cost of lakhs of trees and the death of a River. There is a financially and influentially strong lobby behind this track, the lobby is made of business and political vested interests. The environmentalists of Wynaad too are against this Railway and have joined hands with the people of Kodagu. It makes no sense to deprive the farmers and people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu off their right to always have Cauvery water...just to make travel cheaper and shorter by a few hours for the people of Kerala.  Also, it is not all the people of Kerala who want the Railway, but the lobby that is always working for some railway to be put through some forest. This could simply be their source of income. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION  Please sign this petition and forward it to others who will support the cause. Help us to stop the two railway tracks to Kodagu, save the trees and the River Cauvery, protect the drinking water of 8 crore Indians in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The petition has been addressed to the below persons in the Govt. Prime Minister of India Union Minister for Railways. Union Minister for Environment. Union Minister for Irrigation. Union Minister for Tribal Affairs. Union Home Minister - Joint Secretary. National Human Rights Commission of India. Chief Minister of Karnataka. Karnataka State Minister for Railways.  Karnataka State Minister for Environment. Karnataka State Home Minister. Karnataka Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights. Karnataka State minster for Tourism. Karnataka State Minister for Transport. Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

Sundar Muthanna
43,479 supporters