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.