Photos: Mumbai, suburbs yet to start mapping wetlands

Wetlands are areas that are either temporarily, or permanently, covered with water, depending on seasonal variability, and are home to plant and aquatic biodiversity. The Maharashtra state environment department has undertaken an exercise to create a fresh database of wetlands across the state. It first began the mapping exercise in the Konkan belt as it has maximum wetlands in the state. Only Palghar and Sindhudurg from seven districts in Konkan have completed processes to identify and protect natural areas

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Flamingoes flock by Airoli’s Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary, in Maharashtra. Only two of seven districts from the Konkan region in Maharashtra have completed mapping wetlands in compliance with a 2017 Supreme Court order. The Centre had directed the state government to map wetlands across Maharashtra after the apex court order, which had asked all states to create a fresh database of wetlands. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

Flamingoes flock by Airoli’s Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary, in Maharashtra. Only two of seven districts from the Konkan region in Maharashtra have completed mapping wetlands in compliance with a 2017 Supreme Court order. The Centre had directed the state government to map wetlands across Maharashtra after the apex court order, which had asked all states to create a fresh database of wetlands. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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Wetlands are areas that are either temporarily, or permanently, covered with water, depending on seasonal variability, and are home to plant and aquatic biodiversity. The state environment department first began the mapping exercise in the Konkan belt as it has maximum wetlands in the state. While Palghar and Sindhudurg have completed the process, it is yet to take-off in the Mumbai city, Mumbai suburbs, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane districts. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

Wetlands are areas that are either temporarily, or permanently, covered with water, depending on seasonal variability, and are home to plant and aquatic biodiversity. The state environment department first began the mapping exercise in the Konkan belt as it has maximum wetlands in the state. While Palghar and Sindhudurg have completed the process, it is yet to take-off in the Mumbai city, Mumbai suburbs, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane districts. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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Lesser flamingoes flock the Sewri mudflats in Mumbai city district, Maharashtra. The exercise will help identify the wetlands and their exact locations, which is currently unclear in many cases. It will also help authorities curb destruction of wetlands. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

Lesser flamingoes flock the Sewri mudflats in Mumbai city district, Maharashtra. The exercise will help identify the wetlands and their exact locations, which is currently unclear in many cases. It will also help authorities curb destruction of wetlands. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

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Meanwhile, the wetland grievance redressal committee, a state body constituted as per the Bombay high court’s orders in 2017, recorded 60 complaints of wetland destruction in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) between January and December 2018. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

Meanwhile, the wetland grievance redressal committee, a state body constituted as per the Bombay high court’s orders in 2017, recorded 60 complaints of wetland destruction in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) between January and December 2018. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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This is the first official record of wetland destruction cases by any state-run body, said committee members, adding that 90% complaints were individual cases and the rest were repetitive. Most of these cases were from outside the greater Mumbai area, including Navi Mumbai, Mira Bhayander, Jesal Park, Palghar, Panvel, Vasai, Virar and Uran. (Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)

This is the first official record of wetland destruction cases by any state-run body, said committee members, adding that 90% complaints were individual cases and the rest were repetitive. Most of these cases were from outside the greater Mumbai area, including Navi Mumbai, Mira Bhayander, Jesal Park, Palghar, Panvel, Vasai, Virar and Uran. (Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)

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Within city limits, instances of wetland destruction were reported from Dahisar, Pahadi Goregaon, Charkop, Borivli and Malad. The chairman of the committee, Konkan commissioner, Jagdish Patil, said some of the cases were transferred to the newly-constituted state mangroves committee and the remaining were disposed of after investigation. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

Within city limits, instances of wetland destruction were reported from Dahisar, Pahadi Goregaon, Charkop, Borivli and Malad. The chairman of the committee, Konkan commissioner, Jagdish Patil, said some of the cases were transferred to the newly-constituted state mangroves committee and the remaining were disposed of after investigation. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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“Protecting wetlands has to be converted into a people’s movement, so that there is active citizen participation,” said Patil. “Dedicated staff for wetland conservation is the main impediment. The focus this year will be to increase manpower and improve technology,” Patil added. State environment authorities expect the wetland identification exercise to be completed by April. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

“Protecting wetlands has to be converted into a people’s movement, so that there is active citizen participation,” said Patil. “Dedicated staff for wetland conservation is the main impediment. The focus this year will be to increase manpower and improve technology,” Patil added. State environment authorities expect the wetland identification exercise to be completed by April. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 11:36 AM IST
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