The suburban district collector and the Bombay Environment Action Group (BEAG) will on May 2 file a contempt plea against Kandivli-based Ravi Builders in the Supreme Court (SC) for failing to restore a mangrove stretch in Dahisar.
“The builder has not done any work to restore the mangroves in accordance with the SC order. He has not opened the bunds to allow sea water to flow into the mangroves,” alleged Debi Goenka of BEAG.
In January, the SC had given the builder, Jayesh Shah, two months to restore the green patch to its January 2010 status. But two days before the completion of the deadline, the builder got a month’s extension from the SC, which will conclude on May 1.
Over the last two months, suburban collector Nirmal Deshmukh has sent two contempt notices to the builder for non-completion of the restoration work. In a letter dated April 13, the builder submitted a compliance report to the collector citing a 1957 record from the superintendent of salt, Bhayander circle, which stated that the height of the bund must be kept at three metres, and said that he had done the needful. The collector then wrote to the builder again. “You have closed the passages of the existing bund through which free water supply was provided to the mangroves. This amounts to contempt of the SC order.”