In October, the high court asked the government to ban reclamation or construction on wetlands across the state based on the map prepared by the central government.
The court also directed the environment and forest department to decide whether the state will adopt the Wetland Atlas prepared by the centre or prepare their own atlas under the Wetland Rules 2010.
Non-government organisation Vanashakti has filed a public interest litigation stating that the Wetland Rules 2010 was not being implemented in Maharashtra. The PIL stated that the wetland atlas prepared by the Indian Scientific Research Organisation is not recognised by the Maharashtra government.
Wetlands not only support huge bird populations, but also serve as the vital source of drinking water and ground water recharge. Water pollution, dumping of waste and debris, reclamation and poaching are some of the major threats to coastal wetlands in Mumbai, Thane, Vasai, Navi Mumbai and Uran.