TMC takes steps to save Thane creek

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Shashikant Kothekar shahshikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­

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,” A board an­nounc­ing the TMC’s drive to save Thane creek.

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.

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