Earth Day greetings from Sri Ekavira Aai Pratishtan - NGO fighting for the cause of environment.
We would like to draw your attention to an imminent danger of another ecological disaster with reckless destruction of hills and mangroves in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
After destroying the Parsik Hills, reckless quarrying has reached Uran. Hills have begun to disappear. Quarrying norms in CIDCO area are already violated. Over 264.1 hectares has been mined against permissible 138.07 hectares, says forest dept. Still new permission given.
Debris, garbage being dumped in creeks to kill mangroves and reclaim area for construction.
Mangrove planting scam. Of over 93,000 saplings over 21 acres in Manori, only 20% barely survived. At Charkop, of 86,400 saplings hardly 5% survived.
Pl visit Charkop or Manori to see mangrove tragedy. Pl see plundering of hills in Thane-Belapur belt & Uran. Pl intervene. Save MMR.
Greens ask Govt, builders to save hills, mangroves
Raising yet another alarm against all round environment degradation, activists have asked the state and local governments to work together to maintain ecological balance while undertaking development projects.
Pointing out that the reckless quarrying of Parsik Hills for stone chips for the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has dealt an irreparable damage to the once picturesque range, environment NGO Shree Ekavira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) and communicators body Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) have called for finding out alternative sites.
“Development is must to meet the rising demands of urbanization, but we should ensure that environment is protected at the same time,” they said in a joint communiqué to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
In a missive to Konkan Divisional Commissioner, the High Court appointed authority to check mangrove protection, NGO Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) has drawn his attention to massive destruction of wetlands.
“Your urgent intervention in needed since, despite hon'ble Mumbai high court order, reclamation still continues,” SEAP head Nandakumar Pawar said.