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Petition to Shri Uddhav Thackeray

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

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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Petition to Govt of India, Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways, Sh Nitin Gadkari ji, PS to MoRTH

Commemoration of slain engineer in line of duty, by renaming a project which he built.

Petition for naming Badarpur Flyover in honour of martyred highway Er Rajinder Kumar Chawla Confidence…. thrives on honesty, honour, sacredness of obligation and on unselfish performance. Er. Rajinder Kumar Chawla believed every word of it and lived by this dictum...literally. Honest and upright engineer Chawla was shot dead, at point blank range by hired assassins on 26 August 2021. This hideous crime was allegedly committed by NHAI Contractor for not yielding to his illegal and dishonest demands related to a project to build foot over bridges along the NH 8 connecting Gurugram and Jaipur. The contractor was nursing a grudge over his inability to persuade Er. Chawla for the changes in design as well as extension of time for completing the construction of 14 foot-over bridges. Er. Chawla refused to accept bribes to dilute the design, and denied extension to the project, which was considerably delayed by the contractor. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Soft spoken and with pleasing countenance, Er. Rajinder Kumar Chawla was working with Aecom, one of the world’s largest consultancy firms. Er. Chawla started his career in Haryana’s PWD after B.Tech (Civil) from prestigious REC, Kurukshetra (Now NIT, Kurukshetra) in 1979, and also worked for NHAI and NHIDCL on deputation for more than five years. During his tenure at NHAI, he was involved as Project Director in several complex projects including one of the most difficult projects of a flyover and cloverleaf at Badarpur border in Delhi. Badarpur project’s execution was extremely difficult due to space constraints, heavy interstate traffic, and design challenges. Despite constraints, Er Chawla completed this project ahead of scheduled. This petition is addressed to Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India to immortalize the sacrifice of Er Rajinder Kumar Chawla by naming Badarpur Flyover as Er. Rajinder Kumar Chawla fly over. It would be befitting tribute to the slain brave heart for the values and ethos he stood for. This will also act as a lighthouse to guide younger generations against the lurking dark forces in the profession of Consulting Engineers.  

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