The Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG), a non-government organisation working in the field of environment conservation, has filed an affidavit in the Bombay high court opposing a petition filed by four housing societies in Charkop seeking to develop their plots.
The BEAG has intervened in the matter stating that the said plots which the societies want to develop in Kandivli (west) fall within 50m of dense mangroves in the area and any development would result in the destruction of mangroves.
BEAG member Debi Goenka states, “When I conducted a site visit on March 30, I noticed that construction work has already commenced.
The four co-operative housing societies, Shirley, Viral, Shri Lambodar and Kavya Beachwood, had acquired their plots from Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) between 1995 and 2008. The four societies filed separate petitions in the HC after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation denied them the permission to develop the plots located in Sector 8 of Charkop.