Ten days after the alleged destruction of mangroves in Borivli’s Yogi Nagar came to light, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Regulatory Authority (MCZMA) on Thursday issued notices to the civic authority and the police.
The MCZMA notice has asked the various agencies responsible for preservation of mangroves to scrutinise and take necessary action against the alleged debris dumping on the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) land.
“We hope that the authorities take the MCZMA letter seriously and act on it,” said Harish Pandey, member of the New Link Road Residents Forum, which has been fighting to save the mangroves.
Pandey said in the past such letters have not resulted in any action from the officials concerned.
“Land with survey number 147 is forest land and we will take necessary action against encroachers of forest land,” said Suresh Thorat, chief conservator of forests, Thane who confirmed receiving the MCZMA notice.
Meanwhile, residents claimed that on December 25 more debris was dumped on the Yogi Nagar site.
Two empty trucks were spotted returning from the site by locals.
“I reached the site at 5 am along with two police constables after I was informed of fresh dumping in the area,” Pandey said.
The empty trucks were seized however, they were later released because according to the police only trucks filled with debris can be charged for debris dumping.