Confirming the fears of massive loss of mangroves in the construction by JNPT in Uran area, the forest department has reported the ‘death’ of as many as 4,550 mangrove plants spread across 4.5 hectares.
Responding to a query by local fishermen’s leader Ramdas Koli, Regional Forest Officer B D Gaikwad admitted the massive destruction of mangroves.
This happened as JNPT was doing landfill for its Container Terminal-4, Gaikwad said and explained: “It has come to our notice during our inspection that 4,550 mangrove plans on 4.5 hectares have dried up due to the non-availability of sea water. These plants do not seem to be alive.”
MUMBAI: The Save Parsik Hill campaign initiated by social communication activists has the Gold in the prestigious US-based 7th Annual PR World Awards.
Save Parsik Hill campaign focuses on the need to stop check plundering of the hills under the guise of quarrying and protects the bio-diversity of the area. The hills have been the major source of stones for the construction industry in Mumbai Metropolitan Region for over four decades and they have ravaged by blasting and exploiting much beyond the officially allotted areas.
“We launched a well orchestrated social communication campaign on the Environment Day in association with the Mumbai Press Club last year,” said B N Kumar, national governing council chairman of Public Relations Council of India (PRCI). The basic idea was to bring into sharp focus the environmental damage being done by unchecked quarrying. Apart from the traditional media, the campaign involved twitter, facebook posts and an online petition to the Chief Minister to stop further quarrying of the Hills, he said.
MUMBAI: Alarmed by the wanton destruction of mangroves in Mumbai Metropolitan region (MMR), including Navi Mumbai, green activists have dashed off an SOS mail to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and launched an online campaign.
“We as a society have been systematically destroying mangroves in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Be it in the island city, the western and eastern suburbs or for that matter Navi Mumbai – mangroves have been the target of destruction for several years now,” said the mail sent by Navi Mumbai-based social communication activist B N Kumar.
Kerala flood loud wake-up call for Mumbai region, activists tell Govt
Save Hills, Mangroves, Forests, Wetlands or face disasters
MUMBAI: Drawing similarities in destruction of nature between Kerala and Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), environment activists have sounded a ‘loud wake-up call’.
In a joint SOS to Union Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, environment docused website thenatureconnect.com and NGO Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) pointed out that there have been reports that the Kerala disaster is due to destruction of hills by reckless quarrying and even forests.
Plea for Mangrove Control Room to check debris mafia
MUMBAI: Describing the Bombay High Court verdict to protect mangroves as ‘very encouraging’, environment activists have called for setting up a centralized control room to check culprits who have been deliberately killing the sea plants in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
Pointing out that the High Court has ordered putting up CCTV cameras in mangrove areas, the activists appealed to the government to link them to a central control room on the lines of traffic police monitoring cells.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already referred to the home department a suggestion for a Rapid Action Force (RAF) to check debris mafia, said B N Kumar, editor of environment-focused web site thenatureconnnect.com, who received a mail response from the CMO to a request to save mangroves in MMR. “This force could function under the control room,” the activist said.