Garbage, dry grass set on fire at San­pada de­stroys man­groves

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: Res­i­dents found man­grove trees set ablaze on Palm Beach Road at San­pada on Tues­day.

“Peo­ple of­ten burn garbage and other waste ma­te­rial and it is af­fect­ing man­groves. Un­for­tu­nately, the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned are turn­ing a blind eye to the men­ace,” said Ra­jesh Puri, 35, a res­i­dent of Nerul.

A week ago, around 12 trees along Palm Beach Road caught fire at San­pada when some peo­ple burnt garbage. As some res­i­dents gath­ered at the spot, the cul­prits fled. The res­i­dents doused the fire.

“Sev­eral trees at Vashi, Nerul, Be­la­pur and Pan­vel were ei­ther burnt or in­jected with medicines in the past few months. Man­grove are be­ing cut by slum dwellers for fire­wood. It will di­rectly have an im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Ma­hesh Salve, 42, a res­i­dent of Kopar Khairane.

Abba Ran­vare, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist from Nerul, said: “Vil­lagers go to an­swer na­ture’s call near the man­groves and they smoke there, lead­ing to such in­ci­dents. This has hap­pened in Sea­woods, Ulwe and Uran. We have in­formed the NMMC about it sev­eral times.”

Chan­drakant Taide, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner of NMMC, said: “It is dif­fi­cult to catch hold of peo­ple who burn dry grass. It is not pos­si­ble to de­ploy se­cu­rity guards at all the places. We weed out dry grass along man­groves ev­ery year be­tween Fe­bru­ary and April.”


Man­groves along the Palm Beach Road in San­pada caught fire on Tues­day.

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