The forest department plans to seek help from the civic body to clean up the oil sludge dumped at the Mahul mangroves. Officials who visited the site behind the Mahul Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) complex said the local forest department office lacks the resources to clean up the sludge.
“Whenever cases of dumping on mangroves are reported, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cleans up the affected area, as roads adjacent to mangroves are usually under their control,” said Anil Toradmal, range forest officer, Mumbai range.
Toradmal added, “We are seeking advice from senior officers. We also need to decide where the oil sludge will be taken once it is collected from the dumping site.”
HT had reported how protected mangrove forests in Mahul village had been damaged owing to illegal dumping of oil sludge and debris.
After the inspection, the forest department sent a letter to DB Realty last week, asking them to barricade the area used by the dumpers to enter the site. DB Realty, which constructed the Mahul SRA complex, said it had already handed it over to the BMC in March.
“The entire SRA complex, barring two spots, is walled off. These are the spots that have been used to reach the mangroves and dump waste on them,” said Toradmal.
When contacted, Pankaj Rajmachikar, group legal head, DB Realty, said, “The SRA project was developed by Dynamix Realty - a joint venture between Eversmile Construction Co. and DB Realty. Our partners have responded to the letter and told them to contact the BMC as the complex was handed over to them in March 2012.”