Taking note of the illegal dumping of debris on a mangrove patch in Borivli’s Yogi Nagar, the suburban collector’s office on Tuesday said it would take action against the menace.
“I have asked the officials to take action against all the illegal work going on at the site,” said Nirmal Deshmukh, suburban collector. Officials from the local revenue department said that a first information report (FIR) would be filed on Wednesday.
Two FIRs have already been filed against the illegal dumping on the mangrove patch in the same area a year ago.
The local tehsildar, Vinod Rane has ordered a fresh investigation in the matter following which Prahlad Chawatekar, officer of the revenue department, conducted a check on Tuesday.
Chawatekar said that in 2009 the revenue department had registered two FIRs at the MHB colony police station regarding the dumping of debris in the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) and parking of garbage pick up vehicles next to the mangroves.
“Nothing seems to have been done to stop the illegal activity. We will once again approach the police to take action in the case,” said Chawatekar.
Chawatekar added that the CRZ land is owned by the central government. “We had also sent a letter to the central government monitoring station in Gorai road informing them about the illegal activities on central government land,” added Chawatekar.
On Tuesday, more than 15 clean up compactor vehicles were parked adjacent to the mangroves at Yogi Nagar. The site is also being used to manufacture paver block units. “We have also noticed a manufacturing unit of water tanks in the area, which are being sold at the local markets,” said Harish Pandey of New Link Road Residents’ Forum (NLRRF).
Pandey has asked for ownership and licensing details about the garbage compactor vehicles and skywalk fabrication unit functional at the site in a Right to Information (RTI) application. “I have filed two RTI applications to the office of assistant municipal commissioner, R-Central ward requesting information about the activities at the Yogi Nagar location,” added Pandey.
The residents have also complained of water logging in the area, as the debris blocks the flow of rainwater into the adjacent Gorai creek.