Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik inorder to eliminate environment degradation due to plastic steps are being taken to make the satellite city plastic-free . He launched mangrove conservation drive from Navi Mumbai. “Navi Mumbai has won laurels as a eco-friendly city. Most of the projects implemented here are environment friendly, however, containing plastic menace is a big challenge. But we are taking adequate steps to make the city plastic-free. Plastic bags dumped in nullah reach the sea and creek, thus affecting the life cycle of crabs and other marine life. This in turn affects the livelihood of fisherfolk,” said MLA Sandeep Naik.
He added, “There is a need to curb pollution in creek and mangroves as this will go a long way in conservation of environment. The importance of mangroves grew after the deluge of July 26, 2005. The judiciary, too, has been active when it comes to protecting mangroves. It is a matter of pride that drive to conserve mangroves is starting from Airoli.” Environment NGO Green Hope and Mangrove Conservation Group, Mumbai, jointly conducted plantation drive of mangroves at Divagaon jetty in Airoli on Sunday. Mayor Naik has given an amount of Rs30 lakh for development of mangrove tourism in the region. “We are trying to get funds of Rs1 crore for the conservation of mangroves from the state government,” he said.
Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane, who was also present, said, “Green Hope has not only planted lakhs of sapling in Navi Mumbai, but has also taken steps to conserve them.” On its part, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has always appealed to the residents to curb use of plastic bags below 50 microns. It has also appealed to the traders, shopkeepers and roadside vendors to stop giving plastic bags to customers that are below the mentioned thickness. Anyone found using such banned plastic bags can be fined up to Rs10,000, and in some cases, face imprisonment of up to three months. Chief conservator of mangroves N Vasudevan said, “Global warming is a real challenge which nations all over the world are facing today. Navi Mumbai is on the forefront when it comes to conservation of mangroves.”