Mangrove cell in Mumbai clean up Carter Road, 7 more areas to go
While the mangrove cell has identified eight locations for the drive, Charkop residents have claimed that the cell has failed to address similar complaints from them.mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2017 00:19 IST
The state mangrove cell began its city-wide‘clean mangrove’ campaign on Saturday by removing 3,000kg trash from Carter Road in Bandra. 720 volunteers, including students from Rizvi College, St Andrew’s High School, St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, and RD National College; local residents; and cell members participated in the drive.
The cleaning drive is expected to continue till May 31, 2018 and eight locations - Dahisar, Borivli, Versova, Bandra, Sewri, Bhandup, Airoli, and Turbhe - have been identified. Meanwhile, Charkop residents have claimed that the cell has failed to address similar complaints from them.
N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell, said, “This will be a regular clean-up drive and will be done on a rotational basis. On weekdays, our officers and workers from the municipal corporation will clean these areas and on weekends, volunteers will supplement these efforts. The idea is to clear the trash near the roots of the trees.”
He added that two websites – mumbaimangroves.org and konkanwetland.com – were launched on Saturday to enable citizens to file complaints regarding mangrove and wetland destruction.
“Two committees constituted by the Bombay High Court had ordered us to set up these websites, and now citizens can check the status of their complaints in real-time,” he said.
However, Charkop resident Mili Shetty highlighted that a wetland patch near her residence at sector 8 is choked with plastic waste but authorities have failed to take cognisance of her complaints.
“The area is home to a number of wetland birds but their number has reduced owing to the amount of garbage strewn at this location. I have filed four complaints but received no response so far,” she said. “The area needs to be marked as a protected wetland patch.”
Mangrove cell officers said they will look into the complaints.