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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 Shri Ram Nath Kovind,, Shri Praful K Patel,, Shri Bhupender Yadav,, Shri G Kishan Reddy,, Mr Amitabh Kant,, Mr Avinash Mishra,, Ms Sharmishtha Sinha,

Halt Unsustainable Tourism Development in Lakshadweep

Halt Unsustainable Tourism Development in Lakshadweep On 31st July, 2021, the Lakshadweep Administration invited global tenders for building 230 beach villas and 140 water villas in Suheli, Minicoy and Kadmat islands. Lakshadweep faces severe climate change-related impact on corals, sea grass, and erosion of coastline. Large-scale infrastructural development will have irrecoverable ecological and social impact. The developers even seem to have been excused from a minimum obligation of providing local employment to the tune of 70-75%, which was stated in all documents submitted to the government for clearances. However, the Draft Concession Agreement makes only a passing mention of the Developers Obligations, “The Concessionaire shall make necessary efforts to employ locals to the extent possible by providing necessary skill training.” We observe several contentious policy changes, which have been proposed to greenlight the ecotourism projects. The Draft Lakshadweep Tourism Policy, 2020, promises, “Ensuring upfront clearances by the Lakshadweep Administration will be the hallmark of these projects.” All clearances required for the projects prior to the construction have already been granted upfront, ignoring the safeguards hitherto built in. The National Coastal Zone Management Authority recommended development of water villas be strictly on a pilot project basis. The Administration in consultation with the Sub-Committee of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management constituted to review the Coastal Zone Management Plan /Integrated Island Management Plan was expected to select the island/site best suited for the first pilot project. Extension to other islands would be based on the pilot experience. Dismissing these decisions, the Administration has called for bids for all three locations. The Public Trust Doctrine calls on the Government to protect resources as trustees of general public, and not privilege private ownership or commercial purpose. We petition for the tourism trajectory of the Lakshadweep Islands to be on principles of sustainable and responsible tourism with the following minimum requirements a. Adhere to principles of sustainability in Draft Lakshadweep Tourism Policy 2020, United Nations SDGs and Marine Protection Goals under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Adhere to Sustainable Tourism Criteria of India, Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s criteria for Destinations and Industry & World Travel and Tourism Council’s Destination Stewardship framework. b. Follow recommendations of Justice Raveendran Committee appointed by the Honourable Supreme Court 2012 c. Place documents in the public domain - in particular the Integrated Island Management Plan and the Tourism Carrying Capacity studies that should inform tourism planning and regulation on the Islands d. Evolve a participatory tourism model with public consultations, keeping in mind livelihood, culture and ethos, current land use, ocean practices and environmental stewardship by local communities. e. Start with a small pilot project on one island to enable a socio-cultural, economically viable, ecological feasibility based on sustainable impact study, instead of proposed full-scale invasive development model. The pilot project should work with capacity of maximum 10 units (keys). f. Revisit business model and investment assumptions. Niti Aayog has pushed for Maldivian model/smart city model for the islands acknowledged by many tourism experts as faulty, and has little evidence or research basis. We make these petitions and request also in the backdrop of some very serious concerns about policy, legal and procedural lacunae. Lakshadweep Tourism Petition (Detailed) Image Credit: "Agatti Island, Lakshadweep" by swiss.frog is licensed with CC BY-NC 2.0.

Aditi Chanchani
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Petition to Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Thackeray

Cities of Maharashtra need Area Sabha's

Dear Shri Uddhav Thackeray, Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra The cities of Maharashtra are governed by Municipal Corporations which are required to implement Area Sabha rules to ensure citizens participation in governance but sadly this democratic process has not been implemented since the amendments to the MMC Act in 2009. The Area Sabha is an important step in devolution of power to the local level, give people a voice in matters related to their neighborhoods, make Corporators more effective and accountable to their constituents and overall improve the provision of services and redressal of grievances. Under JnNURM ,the states were required to implement the Area Sabha provisions for citizen participation in urban local area governance. The Maharashtra State Govt added Area Sabha related sections 29B-29E to the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act ( amendment ) in July 2009 which define the composition, roles and responsibilities of the Area Sabha's. However for more than a decade, these provisions have not been brought into force and detailed rules needed to operationalize the Area Sabha's have not been drafted. Bombay High Court on 30th April 2019 responding to the PIL/39/2014 regarding Area Sabha implementation had noted that " the Government in the spirit of the legislation considers notifying the appointed date at the earliest" We therefore immediately demand the following to ensure the Area Sabha rules are drafted and implemented within the next 3 months by  1.Forming a Rules drafting Committee under Urban Development Ministry which will have representatives from citizen groups, academicians, consumer bodies, NGOs etc. ( Pl publish public notice seeking membership to this committee ) 2.Rules to be published for citizens feedback and suggestions  3.Implementation of the Area Sabha provisions and rules within 3 months in every Municipal Corporation of Maharashtra. Citizen involvement in local area governance will ensure better delivery of services and planning of local projects. Area Sabha's will ensure this happens Empower citizens. Empower Democracy. Citizens for Area Sabha  Email -    

Citizens For Area Sabha
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