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Goa battles to save its low-lying lands from redesignation by the MoEF

This move will affect the livelihood of Goan villagers who depend on these khazans. The state government seeing the plight of the farmers have asked the environment ministry to implement their plan carefully.
Goa’s khazans are a source of food for its villagers who reside in the coastal regions. These khazans can also be used for multiple uses like farming and aquaculture.(HT photos/Gerard De Souza)
Goa’s khazans are a source of food for its villagers who reside in the coastal regions. These khazans can also be used for multiple uses like farming and aquaculture.(HT photos/Gerard De Souza)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 03:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, PANAJI | By Gerard de Souza

How much of Mumbai’s salt pans can be developed? Master plan in the works

In 2015, the Maharashtra government had asked the MMRDA to prepare a master plan for MMR. Its initial survey of 2016 has revealed that barely 25 acres or 0.5% of the 5,379 acres in the city can be developed.
Debi Goenka, from Conservation Action Trust, an NGO working for environmental causes, said the move will be disastrous for the city.(HT image)
Debi Goenka, from Conservation Action Trust, an NGO working for environmental causes, said the move will be disastrous for the city.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 05:02 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Tanushree Venkatraman

Mumbai will drown if development is allowed on salt pans

The state’s move has come at a time when it also declared plans to set up an expert committee to identify the reason behind floods in the state.
Debi Goenka from Conservation Action Trust, another NGO working for environmental causes, said the move will be disastrous for the city.(HT image)
Debi Goenka from Conservation Action Trust, another NGO working for environmental causes, said the move will be disastrous for the city.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 05:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik

1,781 acres of salt pans spread across Mumbai to be opened up for real estate

Salt pans are crucial to Mumbai’s ecology, as according to a 2016 Mumbai Metropolitan Reg-ion Development Authority report, they safeguard the city against floods.
The state will move ahead only after the Centre makes the amendment, state officials involved in the process said on Monday.(HT image)
The state will move ahead only after the Centre makes the amendment, state officials involved in the process said on Monday.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 08:37 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Faisal Malik

Goa to push Centre for designation of low-lying lands as eco-sensitive zones

They are facing a threat from breaches in the dykes allowing ingress of sea water as well as from reclamation for tourism purposes.
Environmentalists have expressed the fear that the High Tide Line is being deviously shown further seawards in order to protect structures that would otherwise be marked illegal.(HT Photo)
Environmentalists have expressed the fear that the High Tide Line is being deviously shown further seawards in order to protect structures that would otherwise be marked illegal.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2019 01:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza

Mumbai’s 2nd-largest natural area Thane Creek needs to be saved

Thane creek, located between Mumbai harbour is 26 km long and its narrower upper areas have mudflats, salt pans and diversity-rich mangroves forests which urgently need to be saved.
The wetland and the adjacent Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary are globally significant, serving as a stop for migratory birds using the Central Asian Flyway.(HT File Photo/Praful Gangurde)
The wetland and the adjacent Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary are globally significant, serving as a stop for migratory birds using the Central Asian Flyway.(HT File Photo/Praful Gangurde)
Published on Jun 03, 2019 12:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Manoj R Nair

Mumbai draws the line around flamingo haven

The state has proposed a buffer zone of 3,405.99 ha, extending from 0 to 3.5 km around the sanctuary’s area, which has been designated an ESZ.
In December 2018, the Supreme Court (SC) had issued a directive that the Union environment ministry should declare ESZs around 21 national park and wildlife sanctuaries which do not have buffer zones.(HT Photo)
In December 2018, the Supreme Court (SC) had issued a directive that the Union environment ministry should declare ESZs around 21 national park and wildlife sanctuaries which do not have buffer zones.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2019 07:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee

Maharashtra govt not demarcating coastal wetlands deliberately: Environmentalists

Activists say wetlands left out so they can be opened up for development; officials cite new CRZ rules in defence
Wetland demarcation for inland areas has been completed for Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts.(HT FILE)
Wetland demarcation for inland areas has been completed for Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts.(HT FILE)
Published on Jan 06, 2019 12:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Shiv Sena opposes developement plan to open up salt pans for low-cost homes in Mumbai

The recently released development plan (DP) 2034 allows the state to open up more than 130 hectares of salt pan land for affordable housing
Updated on May 17, 2018 11:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai

In land-starved Mumbai, civic body to use dumping yards and wetlands for affordable housing

The BMC looks to develope areas near Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds
(HT File Photo)
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Updated on Apr 28, 2018 12:45 PM IST
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By Eeshanpriya MS, Mumbai

MMRDA restarts survey of salt pan land in Mumbai, ignores its own warning

In Mumbai, salt pan land is distributed across Mulund, Bhandup, Trombay, Wadala, Mankhurd-Chembur, Dahisar and Goregaon(FILE)
In Mumbai, salt pan land is distributed across Mulund, Bhandup, Trombay, Wadala, Mankhurd-Chembur, Dahisar and Goregaon(FILE)
Updated on Apr 10, 2018 12:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
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