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Remove parking lot, save mangroves: Dahisar locals

mumbai Updated: Nov 18, 2010 01:47 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

Worried about losing a five-acre mangrove area that falls under the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ), Dahisar residents have decided to get an illegal parking lot on the ecologically sensitive plot in the Kandar pada area removed.

After receiving complaints from the New Link Road Residents' Forum, Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority wrote to the local authorities to take action in the matter and warned that no activity should take place in CRZ areas.

The instructions were given on October 16, but the locals claim that no action has been taken against those running the illegal parking lots.

However, PR Masurkar, assistant municipal commissioner of the R-north ward, said: "We will initiate action on the ground of change of user of the land, against the vehicle owners, under Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act."

But vehicles continue to park there.

"Tourist buses were allowed to park on the mangrove land even after the state government barred them from doing so. The municipal corporation has razed the illegal paver blocks units and garages several times, but they come up again," said Harish Pandey, member of the local residents' association.

A local resident, who did not wish to be named, alleged that the slumlords, who had the backing of a political party, were facilitating the destruction of these mangroves.

"We could make out how the land filled in the last four-five years, since the height of the mangroves is around 50 ft, any activity beyond 200 m is not visible from our homes, which overlook the mangrove patch," said Pandey.

The state coastal zone management authority has also sent an order copy to the local deputy commissioner of police, Rajendra Dabhade. He was, however, not available for the comment.