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Ma­ha­rash­tra no­ti­fies 15,088 hectares of

ELEVEN YEARS af­ter the Mum­bai High Court or­dered it, the Ma­ha­rash­tra govern­ment no­ti­fied 15,088 hectares Ma­ha­rash­tra is the first In­dian state to do so. Ac­cord­ing to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the for­est depart­ment will be in charge of pro­tect­ing the man­grove land. Only man­groves on govern­ment land will be a part of the re­served for­est no­ti­fi­ca­tion. Over 10,000 hectares of pri­vately owned man­grove land is yet to be awarded re­served sta­tus, news re­ports say. As per a 2013 For­est Sur­vey of In­dia re­port, six dis­tricts have man­grove cover: Mum­bai city, Mum­bai sub­urbs, Raigarh, Rat­na­giri, Sind­hudurg and Thane.

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