News By/Courtesy: Nandakishore A | 17 Sep 2020 23:42pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • From constant requests from various environmental groups, the High Court of Bombay appointed Mangrove Protection Panel to check destruction caused to nature during the lockdown period
  • The various environmental groups have specifically requested the committee chairman to make sure Talawe and Panje are secured as bird sanctuaries.
  • Five Navi Mumbai wetlands have been asked for transfer with the aim of protecting and conserving them.

From constant requests from various environmental groups, the High Court of Bombay appointed Mangrove Protection Panel to check destruction caused to nature during the lockdown period, i.e., since March. After a long duration, the committee is said to meet finally on Friday. All members and participants of the green lobby have welcomed this move whole-heartedly. Annasaheb Misal, the newly appointed Konkan divisional commissioner will be the chair for the virtual meeting starting 12:30 pm on Friday. These virtual meetings have been long requested by Environmental groups such as NatConnect Foundation and Shri Ekvira Aai Pratishtan in view of the COVID Protocols. These organizations have put forward a list containing various instances of destruction of biodiversity and bring into light the need to implement the High Court-appointed committee’s decision to transfer wetlands and mangroves into the forest department.

The various environmental groups have specifically requested the committee chairman to make sure Talawe and Panje are secured as bird sanctuaries. The recent response of Cidco to the state forest department grew controversial due owing to the fact of not recognizing Seawoods and Uran as wetland sites. The Mangroves and wetlands in Uran are not protected by the district administration. Also, they have not taken any steps to correct the damage done to Pagote and Bhendkhal wetlands. Five Navi Mumbai wetlands have been asked for transfer with the aim of protecting and conserving them. They include Belpada, Bhendkhal, Panje, Talawe, and TS Chanakya. Cidco remains adamant and refuses to accept them as wetlands. The main victims of such environmental destruction are the local fishing and farming community. Requests have been made to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner to take up Blue Economy and Mangrove-based economy to help contribute to the socio-economic development of Uran.

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 18 Sep 2020 10:04am IST


Tags : Environmental Groups, Mangrove Protection Panel, Destruction, Nature, Wetlands, Lockdown, Annasaheb Misal, Talawe, Panje

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