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Bengal’s Sunderbans billed ‘endangered ecosystem’, mangroves show signs of climate-resilience

The Sunderbans sprawls over 10,200 sq km. While 4200 sq km lies in West Bengal in India, the remaining 6000 sq km is in Bangladesh. Around 200 tigers have adapted to this mangrove and hence have acquired global importance.
The Sunderbans in West Bengal is home to the only tiger that lives in mangrove forests.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
The Sunderbans in West Bengal is home to the only tiger that lives in mangrove forests.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Sep 09, 2020 12:45 AM IST
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Mangroves hacked at Panje, environment violations pile as HC panel yet to meet after March

Mangrove destruction and construction within 50 m of the vegetation was banned by the Bombay HC in September 2018
The patch where mangroves were hacked at Panje.(Parag Gharat/HT Photo)
The patch where mangroves were hacked at Panje.(Parag Gharat/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 05:55 PM IST
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Bombay HC allows MMRDA to cut 86 mangroves for Metro Line 2B

The bench took into consideration the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority’s November 2018 clearance for the construction in the mangroves forest and the Union environment ministry’s approval for it in January.
MMRDA moved the court after the latter in September 2018 held that mangroves cannot be permitted to be destructed unless the work is necessary for the public good or is in the public interest.(HT Photo)
MMRDA moved the court after the latter in September 2018 held that mangroves cannot be permitted to be destructed unless the work is necessary for the public good or is in the public interest.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 01:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByKanchan Chaudhari

Bombay HC allows MMRDA to cut 357 mangroves for construction of Metro piers at Sewri and Bhakti Park station

The two-member HC bench, comprising Justice SJ Kathawalla and Riyaz Chagla, allowed MMRDA authorities to cut 357 mangroves primarily after noting that Metro Line-4 is a project of “immense public importance from the point of view of public transport”.
The bench also took into consideration that all requisite permissions for the Metro-4 line have been granted by various statutory authorities.(HT Photo)
The bench also took into consideration that all requisite permissions for the Metro-4 line have been granted by various statutory authorities.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 07:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByKanchan Chaudhari

Phase 2 of wall construction around mangroves gets nod

The state’s coastal protection authority has given its go-ahead to the forest department to commence the second phase of construction of concrete walls to protect mangrove forests across 16 locations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). With a construction cost of ₹13 crore, the walls will stop debris dumping and encroachments at mangrove forests.
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Updated on Feb 05, 2020 12:46 AM IST
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Flooding threat 2050: No construction in low-lying areas, protect mangroves, say experts

A report by the American organisation Climate Central shows that coastal cities might be inundated sooner than estimated
Dadar is said to be at critical risk, according to the Climate Central’s study of the effects of sea level rise globally.(HT PHOTO)
Dadar is said to be at critical risk, according to the Climate Central’s study of the effects of sea level rise globally.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 01, 2019 07:05 AM IST
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Versova sea link: Nod to cut mangroves in Mumbai under high court lens

The HC was hearing a plea filed by activist Zoru Bhathena, opposing the MSRDC’s plea seeking the court’s permission to cut 1,585 mangroves for the construction of the Bandra-Versova sea link.
Mumbai, India - May 8, 2018: Soil testing at Juhu beach for proposed Versova-Bandra sea link project in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times)(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - May 8, 2018: Soil testing at Juhu beach for proposed Versova-Bandra sea link project in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times)(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 05:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByKanchan Chaudhari

Bullet train: Japanese agency will not allow destruction of mangroves

The bullet train will run at a speed of 320kmph and cover the Mumbai-Ahmedabad distance in an expected three hours.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is helping India build the bullet train, has said they will monitor the entire process of compensatory plantation and survival of mangroves for the project. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is helping India build the bullet train, has said they will monitor the entire process of compensatory plantation and survival of mangroves for the project. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)
Updated on Sep 10, 2019 12:35 AM IST
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Uran civic body dumps waste in mangroves, allege green activists

Dumping of garbage in mangroves is a violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), 2019, norms as mangroves acquire the highest amount of protection. It is also a violation of the September 2018 Bombay high court (HC) order banning mangrove destruction across Maharashtra.
The garbage dumped in mangroves near Hanuman Koliwada in Uran, Navi Mumbai.(HT Photo)
The garbage dumped in mangroves near Hanuman Koliwada in Uran, Navi Mumbai.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2019 01:15 AM IST
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Mumbai civic body to plant 1,000 mangroves along Mithi river in Mahim

Over the last one month, BMC cleared a total of 4,124 tonnes of waste and debris from the area for the project.
The BMC cleared 4,124 tonnes of waste from the Mahim area over one month.(HT Photo)
The BMC cleared 4,124 tonnes of waste from the Mahim area over one month.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2019 09:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByEeshanpriya M S, Mumbai

Revise Navi Mumbai transport hub plan to save mangroves, says MCZMA

According to MMRDA, the corridor will reduce travel time by acting as a connector between the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) and NH4B, connecting Mumbai to Goa on one end and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway with NH 17 on the other end.
The project is passing through mangroves and their 50m buffer zone area close to the Karanja creek.(HT File / Representative Photo)
The project is passing through mangroves and their 50m buffer zone area close to the Karanja creek.(HT File / Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2019 12:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By, Mumbai

19 species use mangroves from Mumbai, Konkan for breeding: DNA study

Six of them commercially, ecologically important; study will help improve conservation efforts
John’s Snapper or Golden snapper (Lutjanus johnii) is one of the species that was identified as commercially and ecologically important for the mangrove biodiversity under the study.(CIFE Mumbai)
John’s Snapper or Golden snapper (Lutjanus johnii) is one of the species that was identified as commercially and ecologically important for the mangrove biodiversity under the study.(CIFE Mumbai)
Published on Jul 29, 2019 01:48 AM IST
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BMC plans walkway, mangroves along Mithi river

Design includes jogging track, viewing gallery; 25 trucks of debris cleared from site, work fast-tracked
Municipal commissioner Praveen Pardeshi visited the site where Mithi river meets the Arabian Sea at Mahim causeway on Friday, and directed the H west ward office to clean the riverbank and plant mangroves
Municipal commissioner Praveen Pardeshi visited the site where Mithi river meets the Arabian Sea at Mahim causeway on Friday, and directed the H west ward office to clean the riverbank and plant mangroves
Updated on Jul 16, 2019 08:56 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByEeshanpriya MS, Mumbai

Find ways to save mangroves, keep infra projects going: Bombay HC

The HC was hearing a petition against the cutting down of mangroves in Mumbai for various development projects.
File photo of a stretch of mangroves near Juhu-Versova Link road, at Andheri, in Mumbai.(HT File)
File photo of a stretch of mangroves near Juhu-Versova Link road, at Andheri, in Mumbai.(HT File)
Published on Jul 10, 2019 01:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By, Mumbai

Vasai resident gets 3 booked for razing 3,000 mangroves

The Bombay HC has ruled that the destruction of mangrove forests across the state and construction within 50 metres of mangrove areas is illegal.
The three acre area in Vasai, Palghar district, where mangroves have been destroyed.(HT Photo)
The three acre area in Vasai, Palghar district, where mangroves have been destroyed.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 08, 2019 03:36 PM IST
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BMC asked to restore mangroves at 15 sites by end of July

In September, an HC bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice Riyaz Chagla directed the Maharashtra government to restore degraded mangrove sites and areas that have been recovered from encroachers.
Maharashtra’s mangroves committee had identified 15 reclaimed locations that needed to be restored in November.(HT Photo)
Maharashtra’s mangroves committee had identified 15 reclaimed locations that needed to be restored in November.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2019 03:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By, Mumbai

Preserve mangroves to avoid future flooding: Research body

According to data from the state-appointed mangrove and wetland committee appointed as per Bombay high court (HC) orders, there have been 75 complaints of mangrove and wetland destruction along the Konkan coast in 2019 so far.
Powai lake overflowed on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, following heavy rain showers.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Powai lake overflowed on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, following heavy rain showers.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 06:34 PM IST
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32K mangroves to be razed for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, NHSRCL confirms

Meanwhile, two city organisations have written to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) about the environmental impact of the project
Thane Creek.(HT PHOTO)
Thane Creek.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 30, 2019 01:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Thane bullet train station reworked to save mangroves: Authority

Earlier, Maharashtra Transport Minister had said as many as 54,000 mangroves spread over 13.36 hectares will be affected because of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor.
National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRSCL) MD Achal Khare said in a statement that all the required wildlife, forest and CRZ clearance has been taken
National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRSCL) MD Achal Khare said in a statement that all the required wildlife, forest and CRZ clearance has been taken
Updated on Jun 29, 2019 02:07 PM IST
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Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project: Fresh survey says 32K, not 54K, mangroves to be axed

The latest assessment found 32,044 trees will be axed across 9.8 hectares, which is 21,423 less than the figure released last week
The most recent figure comes after a site visit by a team appointed by the Central government.(HT FILE)
The most recent figure comes after a site visit by a team appointed by the Central government.(HT FILE)
Published on Jun 29, 2019 01:23 AM IST
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54K mangroves to be razed in Maharashtra for Ahmedabad bullet train project

In a written reply to a question by Shiv Sena legislator Manisha Kayande, transport minister Diwakar Raote told the legislative Council that the government will plant five times the trees that will be cut for the project.
Raote said the government is in talks with locals who will be affected by the project and will give them appropriate compensation.(HT Photo)
Raote said the government is in talks with locals who will be affected by the project and will give them appropriate compensation.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2020 08:24 PM IST
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BMC begins to map mangroves and buffer zone

For this purpose, BMC is writing to the forest department requesting maps with markings of mangroves, so that they can be superimposed on the Mumbai’s DP sheets.
HT had reported in November 2018 of the state government resolution directing all DPs of coastal cities to map mangroves separately.(Ht Photo)
HT had reported in November 2018 of the state government resolution directing all DPs of coastal cities to map mangroves separately.(Ht Photo)
Published on May 16, 2019 05:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByEeshanpriya MS

Mumbai gets its river, mangrove, beach clean-up network

Hindustan Times will partner with non-profit Project Mumbai to lead a city-wide network of volunteers, green groups and authorities to carry out clean-up drives across 9 beaches, 4 rivers and 4 mangrove forests over 3 days
(Vidya Subramanian/HT PHOTO)
(Vidya Subramanian/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 06, 2019 12:20 AM IST
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‘Mangroves being destroyed, land reclaimed in Colaba’s Navy Nagar’

On Wednesday, Stalin D, member of the mangroves committee and director of environmental non-governmental organisation Vanashakti, filed a complaint in which he alleged the dumping of stone and debris along Sagar Matha Club was one of the largest environmental violations recorded in the city by any defence establishment.
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Published on Apr 18, 2019 03:07 PM IST
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Mangrove cutting for sea link: SC sends petition back to HC

The HC, on February 8, had allowed Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) — the agency implementing the rupees 11,332-crore project — to cut 1,585 mangrove trees on around 3 hectares. It was the final clearance MSRDC required to begin work on the project.
The Apex Court was hearing a special leave petition filed by Khar resident and environmentalist Zoru Bhathena on March 25.(HT PHOTO)
The Apex Court was hearing a special leave petition filed by Khar resident and environmentalist Zoru Bhathena on March 25.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 02, 2019 07:46 AM IST
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Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project: Decide on razing 19-ha mangroves within a month, HC tells MCZMA

The Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) to decide within a month on the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited’s (NHSRCL) proposal to clear 19-hectare (ha) mangrove cover in Thane and Palghar for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train
In its proposal to MCZMA, NHSRCL stated that 1,50,752 mangrove trees spread over 18.92ha would be affected by the corridor.(AP)
In its proposal to MCZMA, NHSRCL stated that 1,50,752 mangrove trees spread over 18.92ha would be affected by the corridor.(AP)
Updated on Feb 12, 2019 11:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Versova green dream fulfilled: Mangroves declared a forest

In September last year, the Bombay high court (HC) directed the Maharashtra government to declare the remaining 700ha of mangroves on government land as reserved or protected forests.
According to forest officials, the reserved forest status for the 6-ha Versova mangrove patch will ensure a stop to all illegal activities here.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
According to forest officials, the reserved forest status for the 6-ha Versova mangrove patch will ensure a stop to all illegal activities here.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2019 04:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By, Mumbai

All mangroves in Navi Mumbai under CCTV surveillance by December: Forest dept

To curb destruction of mangroves in Navi Mumbai, the forest department has decided to installed CCTV cameras at all important nodes in the city. The forest officials are surveying areas to install the cameras. If everything goes as per their plans, then entire mangrove cover in the city will be monitored using the CCTV cameras by December, a senior official said.
Officials check CCTV cameras installed near mangroves in Vashi along the Sion-Panvel Highway on experimental-basis.(Bachchan Kumar/HT)
Officials check CCTV cameras installed near mangroves in Vashi along the Sion-Panvel Highway on experimental-basis.(Bachchan Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 10, 2019 12:49 AM IST
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Mumbai gets nod to build 10-foot walls to protect mangroves

State cell clears final hurdle for constructing protective walls with nod from environmental impact assessment authority
The walls have been planned on the landward side across six locations — Sai Dham Nagar in Charkop; near Lagoon Road in Malwani-Malad; along the Eastern Express Highway in Kannamwar Nagar, Vikhroli; Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar, Colaba; Bhakti Park in Wadala and Shivneri Nagar Mandala, Mankhurd.(HT)
The walls have been planned on the landward side across six locations — Sai Dham Nagar in Charkop; near Lagoon Road in Malwani-Malad; along the Eastern Express Highway in Kannamwar Nagar, Vikhroli; Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar, Colaba; Bhakti Park in Wadala and Shivneri Nagar Mandala, Mankhurd.(HT)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 06:06 PM IST
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MSRDC destroying mangroves for Bandra-Versova sea link: Mumbai locals

The patch is being used to make a casting yard for the Bandra-Versova sea link project where a preliminary survey for the project is being conducted.
The 10-acre mangrove plot falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone 1.(HT FILE)
The 10-acre mangrove plot falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone 1.(HT FILE)
Updated on Dec 04, 2018 08:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByYesha Kotak, Mumbai
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