Team ex­plores op­tions for wa­ter trans­port fa­cil­i­ties

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: A team of for­est of­fi­cials, em­ploy­ees of Maharashtra Mar­itime Board along with lo­cal MLA Manda Mha­tre vis­ited the sea front of Navi Mum­bai on Fri­day to see the scope of im­prov­ing wa­ter trans­port in the satel­lite city.

The team vis­ited the creeks at Kar­ave, Sar­sole along Palm Beach Road and Vashi vil­lage. They ex­am­ined the pos­si­bil­i­ties of de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture with­out af­fect­ing the man­groves and the aquatic life of creeks.

“City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) is al­ready con­strict­ing a jetty at NRI area with a bud­get of Rs120 crore,” said Mha­tre.

The Maharashtra Mar­itime Board has also de­cided to de­velop a jetty at Sar­sole. “The city is in need of bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture as the pop­u­la­tion is in­creas­ing. We tried to un­der­stand if more wa­ter trans­port fa­cil­i­ties could be pro­vided by de­vel­op­ing sim­i­lar in­fra­struc­ture at other places,” she said.

Of­fi­cials from other for­est depart­ment said more such rec­ces would be done. Makranda Ghodhe, as­so­ciate conservator of Mum­bai man­grove con­ser­va­tion unit, said, “We will see the maps of the bound­aries of man­groves and re­lated doc­u­ments to en­sure that the ar­eas are de­vel­oped with­out af­fect­ing the eco-sys­tem.”

“Per­mis­sion of the for­est depart­ment is a must to de­velop a jetty. Dis­cus­sions will be held at dif­fer­ent lev­els af­ter two to three more vis­its,” he said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

MLA Manda Mha­tre with of­fi­cials of for­est depart­ment and Maharashtra Mar­itime Board at Sea­woods creek on Fri­day.

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