TMC takes steps to save Thane creek
THANE: Alarmed by the rising pollution in Thane creek, the municipal corporation has stepped up efforts to save it.
The Thane Municipal Corporation ( TMC) will plant 10,000 mangroves along the creek. On Thursday, it started planting saplings near Kolshet creek.
Kolshet creek is part of the 26-km Thane creek, which flows into the Arabian sea.
The TMC pollution control report of 2015 reveals the increasing level of pollution in Thane creek. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board too had suggested planting more mangroves along the creek so that it pollution-free naturally.
“The TMC has decided to preserve mangroves which are vital in preserving the creek. Due to encroachments, the Kolshet creek area is also affected. TMC’s move to plant 10,000 mangroves in the area will not only help preserve the creek but also curb encroachments,” said a TMC official.
Nagesh Tekale, an expert in environment studies and biodiversity, said: “Thane creek is dying. Mangroves which protect the creek are depleting. Pollution and hacking of mangroves are major reasons of creek pollution. There is a need to plant more mangroves.”
TMC pollution control officer Manisha Pradhan said: “The TMC will spend Rs3 lakh for the project. A total of 10,000 mangroves will cover 2 hectares of the creek. TMC will plant more mangroves in the rest of the creek area.
Workers plant saplings at Kolshet creek on Thursday.
A board announcing the TMC’s drive to save Thane creek.