Brand new forests
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.