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Maharashtra: Environmentalists alert authorities over fresh destruction of mangroves in Uran

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:50 AM IST
Environmentalists have expressed concern over no official questioning the Dhutum work, even though it is being done in broad daylight
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The dry patch in Belpada, Uran.(Sourced)
The dry patch in Belpada, Uran.(Sourced)

Maharashtra: Four-acre mangrove patch destroyed near proposed eco park in Uran

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 05:41 PM IST
At least approximately 1,500 mangrove trees were destroyed after tidal water had been blocked off by locals for captive fish breeding or aqua culture activities
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The Paramaparik Machhimar Bachao Kruti Samiti (Save Traditional Fishermen’s Action Committee) said the JNPT park was planned on buried mangrove forests and wetlands of Belpada.(Sourced)
The Paramaparik Machhimar Bachao Kruti Samiti (Save Traditional Fishermen’s Action Committee) said the JNPT park was planned on buried mangrove forests and wetlands of Belpada.(Sourced)

Maharashtra: Uran fishermen allege indiscriminate destruction of mangroves, oppose JNPT’s park proposal

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:34 PM IST
JNPT last week announced that it had planned to build a 200-hectare mangrove (eco) park to protect dense mangrove patches and house visiting galleries, mangrove walkthroughs (boardwalks), a nature interpretation centre, and a nursery with rare mangrove species, at Belpada in Uran
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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)
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

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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
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Previous violation at Belpada near JNPT special economic zone. The area, along with other eco-sensitive zones in Uran, has faced the problem of debris dumping that has threatened mangrove patches in the Raigad district.(HT Photo)
Previous violation at Belpada near JNPT special economic zone. The area, along with other eco-sensitive zones in Uran, has faced the problem of debris dumping that has threatened mangrove patches in the Raigad district.(HT Photo)

Maharashtra: Uran to get its first mangrove park by June 2021

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:41 AM IST
JNPT said the plan of action for the proposed park is awaiting submission from FDCM, after which all details will be finalised
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The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority issued a letter to JNPT’s chairman (port, planning and development) on Wednesday to provide a detailed report on points raised by complainants. (HT Photo)
The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority issued a letter to JNPT’s chairman (port, planning and development) on Wednesday to provide a detailed report on points raised by complainants. (HT Photo)

A month after clearing it, Maharashtra seeks answers on seawall project

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 11:13 AM IST
The proposed seawalls are meant to protect the coast and prevent erosion.
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Patil said Khan is a native of Uttar Pradesh and a truck driver by profession.(HT image)
Patil said Khan is a native of Uttar Pradesh and a truck driver by profession.(HT image)

Two held at Uran with country-made pistol

By Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan | Navi Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 12:21 AM IST
The police booked the accused under sections relevant sections of the Indian Arms Act.
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A file photo of technician working inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. On Tuesday, a fire broke out a gas processing unit owned by the ONGC at Uran in Navi Mumbai .(Reuters file photo)
A file photo of technician working inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. On Tuesday, a fire broke out a gas processing unit owned by the ONGC at Uran in Navi Mumbai .(Reuters file photo)

ONGC’s Uran fire brings back memories of 2005, when hundreds jumped into the sea

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 10:44 AM IST
After a fire at a gas processing unit owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) at Uran in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday, a look at the 2005 devastating fire at ONGC’s Mumbai High unit
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A spokesperson of MGL, who did not wish to be named, said that the natural gas supply was normalised [on Sunday] and all CNG pumps are operational now.(HT image)
A spokesperson of MGL, who did not wish to be named, said that the natural gas supply was normalised [on Sunday] and all CNG pumps are operational now.(HT image)

Two days after snag, supply of CNG, PNG in Mumbai normalises

By Kailash Korde | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 02:10 AM IST
The disruption was caused by a technical issue at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited’s (ONGC) facility in Uran, which supplies natural gas to the Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) station at Wadala.
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MGL supplies PNG to more than 12 lakh households and CNG to around seven lakh vehicles in and around the city.(HT image)
MGL supplies PNG to more than 12 lakh households and CNG to around seven lakh vehicles in and around the city.(HT image)

Technical snag disrupts CNG supply to Mumbai; autos, cabs hit

By Kailash Korde | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 04:38 AM IST
The disruption was caused by a technical issue at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited’s (ONGC) facility in Uran, which supplies natural gas to the Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) station at Wadala.
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A MHADA housing colony in Mumbai .(HT File Photo / Representational Image)
A MHADA housing colony in Mumbai .(HT File Photo / Representational Image)

NBFC crises hit sales and launches of cheap homes across Mumbai

By Naresh Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2019 11:57 AM IST
NBFCs had a strong presence in areas like Karjat, Badlapur, Neral, Shahpur and Uran, where a huge supply of affordable houses is being seen. Owing to this crisis, builders and buyers were adversely affected.
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A reclaimed wetland near the Navi Mumbai airport.(Vanashakti)
A reclaimed wetland near the Navi Mumbai airport.(Vanashakti)

Did wetland destruction cause the floods in Navi Mumbai?

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2019 01:11 AM IST
A study by environment group Vanashakti revealed that 1,201 hectare has been reclaimed in 11 years
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Cabins have been installed near Uran wetlands for the security guards.(HT Photo)
Cabins have been installed near Uran wetlands for the security guards.(HT Photo)

Security guards at Uran wetlands irk activists, fisherfolk

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 12:09 AM IST
Cidco said the move is aimed at avoiding flooding and fishing activities in the area
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Following investigations, police detained and then formally arrested the accused on Thursday from Khopta, where he resides.(Shutterstock)
Following investigations, police detained and then formally arrested the accused on Thursday from Khopta, where he resides.(Shutterstock)

Man under ‘psychiatric treatment’ held for IS graffiti on Uran bridge

By G Mohiuddin Jeddy | Hindustan Times, Uran (Navi Mumbai), Uran
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2019 01:51 PM IST
Police have ruled out any terror angle in the act, stating that the arrested man is undergoing psychiatric treatment.
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Flamingoes at a pond behind TS Chanakya wetland in Navi Mumbai.(HT FILE)
Flamingoes at a pond behind TS Chanakya wetland in Navi Mumbai.(HT FILE)

Mudflats destruction to lead birds coming in way of Navi Mumbai International Airport: Study

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2019 01:06 AM IST
BHNS study estimated that 2.5 lakh birds are likely to be displaced from their roosting and feeding habitats and could come in the flight path once the NMIA is functional
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The City Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), which holds a stake in the industrial zone, said illegal debris dumping was carried out by unidentified persons(HTFile)
The City Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), which holds a stake in the industrial zone, said illegal debris dumping was carried out by unidentified persons(HTFile)

Uran mangroves razed, say activists; Cidco unclear about source of debris

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 08:38 AM IST
Raigad district collector says directions issued to investigate claims; Cidco says unknown persons to blame
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Committee members on Thursday also raised the issue that the state was not demarcating coastal wetlands.(HT Photo)
Committee members on Thursday also raised the issue that the state was not demarcating coastal wetlands.(HT Photo)

Only 26% wetland destruction plaints addressed in 3 months: Mumbai

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 04:25 AM IST
Neenu Somraj, deputy conservator of forest, state mangrove cell and member secretary of the committee, said, “Some of the cases are repetitive and inquiry is underway.
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A large number of senior citizens came out to cast their votes in Navi Mumbai.(HT Photo)
A large number of senior citizens came out to cast their votes in Navi Mumbai.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: EVM glitches mar Panvel, Uran polling in Mumbai

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, NAVI MUMBAI
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 10:03 AM IST
Dattatray Nawle, returning officer, Panvel, said, “EVM malfunctions were reported from four poll booths in Taloja, Dodhani and Panvel. Our officials replaced those machines quickly.”
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The police have booked the accused under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012.(Representative Image)
The police have booked the accused under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012.(Representative Image)

President of school committee held for molesting 7-year-old

By Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan | Hindustan Times, Navi Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2019 08:23 AM IST
In their statement to the police, the girl’s parents alleged the accused had molested students in the past too. The police, however, have not received any other complaints so far.
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Debris dumping in Bhendkhal in Uran wetlands is slowly leading to reclamation of two water bodies. The image was sent to the state mangrove committee by a panel member.(HT Photo)
Debris dumping in Bhendkhal in Uran wetlands is slowly leading to reclamation of two water bodies. The image was sent to the state mangrove committee by a panel member.(HT Photo)

15 villages at risk of flooding in Uran wetlands this monsoon: Report

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 04:25 PM IST
HT has reported recurrent cases of mangrove and wetland destruction in Uran since June 2018. The Panje wetland in Uran dried up after Cidco blocked off tidal water in September 2018. Following complaints, the government body opened flood protection gates to restore the wetlands.
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(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

9,050 mangrove trees razed in Uran in 2018 for government projects

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 09:40 PM IST
In what may be one of the major cases of mangrove destruction in Maharashtra, 9,050 mangrove trees across 10 hectares have been destroyed in Raigad district this year
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Wetlands in Nerul are under threat from urbanisation(HT Photo)
Wetlands in Nerul are under threat from urbanisation(HT Photo)

Uran fishermen move HC to save mangroves from construction

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2018 12:44 AM IST
They claim it is a “violation of Coastal Zone Regulation (CRZ) Notification, 2011”.
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In 2014, the Bombay high court had banned reclamation and construction on wetlands after environment groups filed a petition to protect them.(Aishwarya Sridhar)
In 2014, the Bombay high court had banned reclamation and construction on wetlands after environment groups filed a petition to protect them.(Aishwarya Sridhar)

Cidco moves to revive wetlands in Navi Mumbai

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 01:03 AM IST
During the wetland grievance redressal committee meeting on Thursday, chairman of the committee, directed Cidco to keep the sluice gates at Panje open till May 2019
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The destruction of Panje wetlands in Uran, Navi Mumbai, in less than six months.(Aishwarya Sridhar)
The destruction of Panje wetlands in Uran, Navi Mumbai, in less than six months.(Aishwarya Sridhar)

Clear the gateway to green: Activist to move court over Panje wetlands in Navi Mumbai

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 09, 2018 12:23 AM IST
On September 28, Navi Mumbai residents and environmentalists filed a complaint with the state, alleging City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) was shutting the high tide water ingress by blocking 76 gates at Panje
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A JCB levels debris dumped near mangroves at Navin Sheva.(Bachchan Kumar/HT)
A JCB levels debris dumped near mangroves at Navin Sheva.(Bachchan Kumar/HT)

Cidco killing mangroves in Navi Mumbai: Activists

By Padmja Sinha | Hindustan Times, Navi Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2018 11:38 PM IST
Activists said Cidco was violating the order and dumping truckloads of debris around the mangroves to reclaim the area
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Blue whale that washed ashore Navi Mumbai to be preserved at mangrove cell museum

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 11:50 AM IST
Officials said over the past three days they have removed the skin and organs and buried them at a sandy patch on Kegaon beach itself.
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Vast tracts of mangrove forest have dried Hovercraft Jetty in Uran.(Pratik Chorge/HT)
Vast tracts of mangrove forest have dried Hovercraft Jetty in Uran.(Pratik Chorge/HT)

Blocking sea water killed mangroves in Uran: Maha forest department

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2018 12:04 AM IST
After the investigation, forest department sent details of the findings to Ramdas Koli , petitioner in the case
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Fishermen at Uran spotted the carcass around 8.30am.(Bachchan Kumar)
Fishermen at Uran spotted the carcass around 8.30am.(Bachchan Kumar)

Giant carcass washes ashore at Uran, near Mumbai, experts says its a blue whale

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 01:25 AM IST
This is the 8th whale carcass to have washed ashore on Maharashtra’s coast since 2015.
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HT found that large tracts of mangroves had dried up near Hovercraft jetty, fourth container terminal at JNPT, where Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal Private Limited (BMCTPL) is located, and even areas where hacked mangrove trees were stored by unknown persons, a clear violation of Bombay high court orders and Environment Protection Act, 1986, near Gavhan village.(PRATIK CHORGE/HT)
HT found that large tracts of mangroves had dried up near Hovercraft jetty, fourth container terminal at JNPT, where Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal Private Limited (BMCTPL) is located, and even areas where hacked mangrove trees were stored by unknown persons, a clear violation of Bombay high court orders and Environment Protection Act, 1986, near Gavhan village.(PRATIK CHORGE/HT)

Mangroves near Mumbai are being destroyed methodically through debris dumping

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 11:07 AM IST
HT visited six locations in the area where mangroves have been destroyed or wetlands reclaimed. The results are worrying.
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The victim was admitted to JJ Hospital and is now in stable condition.(Representational photo)
The victim was admitted to JJ Hospital and is now in stable condition.(Representational photo)

Minor raped by her 19-year-old relative in Navi Mumbai

By G Mohiuddin Jeddy | Hindustan Times, Navi Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 12:31 AM IST
The neighbour saw him take her into his house.
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