BMC again marks 37 plots on Versova man­groves in DP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) seems to never learn from its mis­takes. It has marked 37 plots on the man­groves in Versova in its devel­op­ment plan (DP), de­spite the er­ror be­ing pointed out in the DP re­leased last year, which has been scrapped, and an HC or­der terming the land a pro­tected for­est in 2006.

Although the cur­rent en­vi­ron­men­tal norms don’t per­mit con­struc­tion on man­groves, lo­cal res­i­dents fear the de­mar­ca­tion in the DP could open them up for devel­op­ment at a later stage, if the rules are re­laxed.

The coastal road project -which in­volves re­claim­ing land from the sea -- planned in the vicin­ity makes the man­groves more vul­ner­a­ble to de­struc­tion, say res­i­dents, who plan to send their ob­jec­tions to the BMC by July 27, when the 60-day pe­riod for public com­ments ends.

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