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AFTER HC ORDER MANGROVES AT PALM BEACH ROAD GET A NEW LEASH OF LIFE

mangroves--1The Mumbai High Court has come to the rescue of the 52-acre stretch of mangrove plot on Palm Beach Road near Nerul that was being allegedly destroyed by CIDCO for a proposed golf course. We bring to you an update. In an interim order this week, the Mumbai High Court has directed CIDCO to create ten breaches, each 25 feet wide, in the mud embankment that was constructed to cut off the flow of tidal water that nourishes the mangroves. The court has also asked J T Bandri – the Divisional Konkan Commissioner, in charge of implementing the HC orders on protection of mangroves, to file a report. The judges remarked that they would not tolerate any violation of the HC orders banning destruction of mangrove areas. It may be recalled that a few days back it was reported how flouting High Court orders, CIDCO was clearing 52 acres of eco-sensitive marsh land on Palm Beach Road for a proposed golf course. While the Mumbai high court order designating mangroves as protected forests, demonstrating their high handed attitude, CIDCO had once again indulged in anti environment activities. The phased destruction of mangroves here was being done by constructing a muddy road, which cuts off sea water from the mangroves. The court will next take up the matter for hearing on October 5, when Cidco has to file a compliance report that it has made breaches in the bund.

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