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The area had been going dry over the past few months as the free flow of tidal water had been restricted by the sluice gates on one side and artificial bunds on the other.(Source: NatConnect Foundation)

Maharashtra: Panje tidal water blockade lifted, strengthens demand for bird sanctuary

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 12:20 AM IST
The barrier was built in 1994-95 with help from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay as a flood control mechanism. The gates can also be manually operated, allowing more water to be released if needed. It shuts automatically during high tide and opens up during low tide, remaining closed throughout the months of monsoon
On Saturday, the forest department wrote to the Raigad district administration to act in the matter and told Cidco to respond to the environmental violation.(HT Photo)
On Saturday, the forest department wrote to the Raigad district administration to act in the matter and told Cidco to respond to the environmental violation.(HT Photo)

Panje: Contrary to forest report, complainants unearth 66 hacked branches

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 09:37 AM IST
A member of the Bombay high court (HC)-appointed mangrove and wetland grievance redressal panel has asked all city-based environmentalists to approach the HC to file a contempt petition
The patch where mangroves were hacked at Panje.(Parag Gharat/HT Photo)
The patch where mangroves were hacked at Panje.(Parag Gharat/HT Photo)

Mangroves hacked at Panje, environment violations pile as HC panel yet to meet after March

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 05:55 PM IST
Mangrove destruction and construction within 50 m of the vegetation was banned by the Bombay HC in September 2018
Environmentalists have questioned the state mangrove and wetland panel’s claim that Panje is not a wetland. (Reptresentative Image)(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Environmentalists have questioned the state mangrove and wetland panel’s claim that Panje is not a wetland. (Reptresentative Image)(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Activists claim Panje is wetland, share proof

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 02:32 AM IST
Two environmentalists on Thursday shared with the HC-appointed panel unverified coordinates and codes of areas across the 213-hectare Panje area, overlapping with the zones identified in the National Wetland Atlas: Maharashtra State 2011.
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