The state government told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that it has issued a notification declaring private mangroves land as forest.
Government pleader Niranjan Pandit told the court that the government had issued the notification on February 17 declaring private land that had mangroves as forest.
This was done to protect the city’s green cover.
The order is going to affect projects and private owners cannot carry out any development activity on these areas as per the Private Forest Act.
The court’s order came four years after the NGO, Bombay Environmental Action Group, filed a petition seeking protection of mangroves in 2005. The high court in October 2006 had imposed a ban on destruction of mangroves in the state.
In 2007, the government had issued a notification that only 2,157 hectares of the 5,938 hectares of mangroves in the state are protected forest. These mangroves were on the government land and declared as protected forest. There was no notification for the area which belonged to private owners.
In January, the high court had rapped the government for failing to issue any notification.