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Re-verify status of wetlands in Maharashtra, orders Bombay high court panel

The committee, which met for the first time after six months, has directed state authorities not to differentiate between human-made and natural wetlands during its latest assessment
Wetland patches in Gorai. The district commissioners have to submit their report within 15 days.(Photo by: Rahulratan Chauhan)
Wetland patches in Gorai. The district commissioners have to submit their report within 15 days.(Photo by: Rahulratan Chauhan)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 10:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee

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

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
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)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 09:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee

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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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee

33 man-made lakes are out of list, Thane sees 99.5% dip in wetlands

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Updated on Feb 12, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

‘Destruction of wetlands will lead to water, food and climate insecurity’

India has witnessed a rapid degradation of its wetlands. In the last three decades alone, nearly one-third of natural wetlands have been lost to urbanisation, agriculture expansion and pollution.
An ecosystem health assessment of wetlands under the 100 days programme of the Government of India indicated that one in every four wetlands had low to very low ecosystem health and faced high to very high threat. As wetlands degrade, so does their ability to make societies water, food and climate secure, and conserve the diversity of life.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
An ecosystem health assessment of wetlands under the 100 days programme of the Government of India indicated that one in every four wetlands had low to very low ecosystem health and faced high to very high threat. As wetlands degrade, so does their ability to make societies water, food and climate secure, and conserve the diversity of life.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 03:30 PM IST
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India lost one-third of its natural wetlands in four decades, reveals study

WISA’s report is based on analysis of satellite images of land use and land and ground data of 22 cities and towns.
India has lost nearly one-third of its natural wetlands to urbanisation, agricultural expansion and pollution over the last four decades.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
India has lost nearly one-third of its natural wetlands to urbanisation, agricultural expansion and pollution over the last four decades.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2020 01:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Maharashtra elections 2019| Mumbai residents urge candidates to save city’s wetlands

The residents’ forum has submitted their demand to the respective parties. The forum members have will speak about the issues to party workers, who come for election campaigns.
The residents’ forum has submitted their demand to the respective parties. The forum members have will speak about the issues to party workers, who come for election campaigns.(HT image)
The residents’ forum has submitted their demand to the respective parties. The forum members have will speak about the issues to party workers, who come for election campaigns.(HT image)
Updated on Oct 06, 2019 03:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Navi Mumbai | By Padmja Sinha

Debris dumping at wetland: Collector directs salt department to approach police in Wadala case

Summary.Stalin D, a member of the Bombay high court-appointed wetland panel, had filed the complaint on August 21, a day after he caught the violators dumping debris on the 80-acre wetland.
An excavator was spotted dumping debris illegally at Wadala on August 20.(HT Photo)
An excavator was spotted dumping debris illegally at Wadala on August 20.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2019 11:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee

Activists claim Panje is wetland, share proof

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 09, 2019 02:32 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee

Panje not a wetland, says Maharashtra mangrove committee

Panje in Navi Mumbai although possessing characteristics of a wetland, cannot be considered one because the area is not designated as such in the National Wetland Atlas.
In order for new areas to be designated as wetlands, they must be identified as such by the state.(HT Photo)
In order for new areas to be designated as wetlands, they must be identified as such by the state.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2019 11:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

With no tidal water, Navi Mumbai loses 4.5 acres of wetland

Activists alleged that the road expansion work of NH-348 destroyed the 4.5 acres of mangrove patch.
The patch of mangrove at CSF Punjab Warehouse dried as tidal water flow was stopped.(Ht PHOTO)
The patch of mangrove at CSF Punjab Warehouse dried as tidal water flow was stopped.(Ht PHOTO)
Published on Mar 09, 2019 12:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Padmja Sinha, Navi Mumbai

Mumbai and its suburbs yet to start mapping wetlands

Only Palghar and Sindhudurg from seven districts in Konkan have completed process to identify and protect natural areas
The state environment department first began the mapping exercise in the Konkan belt as it has maximum wetlands in the state.(HT file photo)
The state environment department first began the mapping exercise in the Konkan belt as it has maximum wetlands in the state.(HT file photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2019 12:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Government must save Basai ‘wetland’ to keep Gurugram liveable, save ecosystem

Twelve years ago Basai had fields, pastures, pockets of scrub forests, six ponds and 260ha wetland. Today, this home to 20,000 birds has been ‘plotted’ and the MCG has started building a waste processing plant
The water rail bird comes to Basai every winter.(Photo Credit: Abhishek Gulshan)
The water rail bird comes to Basai every winter.(Photo Credit: Abhishek Gulshan)
Updated on Jan 29, 2019 01:31 PM IST
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By Prerna Singh Bindra

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

Why the new report on wetlands must be treated as a red flag

This undervaluation of wetlands must stop. It is important that the Global Wetland Outlook report is treated as a “red flag” by all governments since they contribute to 75 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators
The Dhanauri Wetland at Gautam Budh Nagar, Greater Noida, December 8. If we specifically take the urban sector, they help in flood control, watershed to store excess rainwater, replenishing groundwater, supplying freshwater, playing host to a diverse assemblage of species, and providing cultural and aesthetic value.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The Dhanauri Wetland at Gautam Budh Nagar, Greater Noida, December 8. If we specifically take the urban sector, they help in flood control, watershed to store excess rainwater, replenishing groundwater, supplying freshwater, playing host to a diverse assemblage of species, and providing cultural and aesthetic value.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 02, 2018 01:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent

Conservationists will move SC for protecting six more wetlands

The National Green tribunal had earlier ruled that these marshy areas, adjoining the Surajpur wetland in Greater Noida, are not wetlands as there are no revenue records to support claim.
Activist Vikrant Tongad had filed the case in the NGT, and had marked six areas near the Surajpur wetland, claiming that these were part of the wetland’s connection channel.(HT Photo)
Activist Vikrant Tongad had filed the case in the NGT, and had marked six areas near the Surajpur wetland, claiming that these were part of the wetland’s connection channel.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2018 03:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Noida | By Snehil Sinha

Identify wetlands in district, maintain biodiversity: Noida DM

The district magistrate has asked the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development authorities and the forest department to identify wetlands in Gautam Budh Nagar so groundwater levels and biodiversity can be maintained.
Migratory birds at a wetland in Noida.(HT File Photo)
Migratory birds at a wetland in Noida.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 16, 2018 04:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Noida | By Preety Acharya

State to Bombay HC: Kharghar pond that residents want to save is not a wetland

Residents who had petitioned the HC to seek protection for the wetland, have refuted the claim and have said MRSAC’s own website identifies the water body as a lake or pond
Murbi Talao at Sector 18/19 Kharghar in Navi Mumbai(HT File)
Murbi Talao at Sector 18/19 Kharghar in Navi Mumbai(HT File)
Published on Sep 11, 2018 01:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, 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

Citizens, NGOs fighting to save mangroves, wetlands across Mumbai

According to non-profit Mangrove Society of India (MSI), intertidal regions are in high demand as they can be potential hotspots for construction and infrastructure development.(FILE)
According to non-profit Mangrove Society of India (MSI), intertidal regions are in high demand as they can be potential hotspots for construction and infrastructure development.(FILE)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 10:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Dahisar wetlands turns into parking lot for tourist buses again

Encroaching upon or destroying mangroves is illegal under the rules for wetlands and is also in violation of the orders issued by the Bombay high court to protect the green cover.
In March 2016, HT had reported that 1,000 mangroves have been cut to create space to park tourist buses along the new link road between Dahisar and Borivli. I(HT)
In March 2016, HT had reported that 1,000 mangroves have been cut to create space to park tourist buses along the new link road between Dahisar and Borivli. I(HT)
Published on Apr 10, 2018 09:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Bombay HC directs CIDCO, private company to remove debris from Navi Mumbai wetland

The HC directed Cidco and a private agency to remove debris from Talawe wetlands in a week’s time
In February, the state mangrove cell had asked Cidco to remove the debris but they did not.(HT PHOTO)
In February, the state mangrove cell had asked Cidco to remove the debris but they did not.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 06, 2018 11:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
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