The additional principal chief conservator of forests (mangrove cell), Virendra Tiwari, said, the private firm Ernst and Young is being asked to do a detailed survey of the mangroves area and offer consultancy in this regard.
Destruction of mangroves has been rampant across Navi Mumbai and other parts of the state. It is right that the state forest department is taking the help of available technology to monitor activities along these green stretches. It must also work with authorities in Navi Mumbai to end all territory feuds so that the mangroves are saved.
At an online discussion hosted by an NGO which has launched a social media campaign #MumBiodiversityBachao focusing on the degradation in MMR, Tiwari said we appealed to Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray to take quick steps to save the environment immediately. “Act today. Tomorrow will be too late,” said the social media message.
Tiwari added that factors like costing for CCTV and drone cameras will be worked out soon in order to have tech surveillance along the green coastal areas. “We have been complaining against organized mangrove burial across the region to the Bombay High Court appointed mangrove protection and conservation committee, which in turn has been asking the authorities such as the PWD, Cidco and district collectors to act,” said B N Kumar, director of NatConnect Foundation. “Though some destruction has been halted in some places, it is rampant in other places in Uran, Kharghar, Ulwe and Vashi,” he said.