De­struc­tion of man­groves’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - STALIN DAYANAND

con­ser­va­tor of forests made to the high court failed to move the sys­tem.

Dahisar res­i­dents are fight­ing a pro­tracted bat­tle to free man­grove ar­eas that are be­ing re­claimed and used for park­ing of hun­dreds of tourist buses and sand min­ing.

Token raids were launched af­ter in­form­ing the bus own­ers in ad­vance to clear the site, not re­store it, al­low­ing it to be oc­cu­pied once again the next day.

Sim­i­larly, in Go­rai, a pri­vate cab ag­gre­ga­tor took over man­grove lands to make a mega park­ing lot.

Oshi­wara res­i­dents are bat­tling to save 400 acres of man­grove lands from be­ing over­run by daily dump­ing of de­bris con­tin­ues.

Along Thane Ghod­bun­der road even to­day,de­bris are dumped daily on man­groves, con­struc­tion of eight tall build plaints filed at the time when the first truck­load of de­bris had been dumped.

The big­gest grave­yard of man­groves is in An­jur Dive Thane, a 2km road, which was made il­le­gally by dump­ing on 20-ft tall man­grove trees, al­most 10,000 trucks or more of de­bris De­spite re­peated com­plaints the ba­sic joint site in­spec­tion hasn’t been done by the col­lec tor’s of­fice till date.

The re­sponse from the sys temis­abigzero.

The fact that the 2002 satel­lite im­agery of Kapil Sharma₹s site showed no man­groves was also con­ve­niently ig­nored.

Hun­dreds of acres of man groves and wet­lands in CRZ have been de­stroyed in the last five years.

All said and done Kapil Sharma has emerged as a brand am­bas­sador for the cause of con ser­va­tion of man­groves and I

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