The issue of mangroves being cut across the city has been reported time and again. Our correspondent traveled to some of the seashores of the city where deforestation has destroyed the beauty of the place. There was a time when sea shores in the city were surrounded with greenery and plantations. Strollers used to revive in the pleasure of green scenery and fresh air. However, with the passage of time and commercialization, tall buildings have replaced the green beauty. Cutting of mangroves, dumping of debris has polluted the shores in Thane, Andheri and Bandra. Mangroves are very important not just to provide oxygen to the flaura and fauna of the sea but also prevent floods duringtimes like Tsunami. However, illegal constructions and encroachment of builders developing illegal constructions around the beaches has destroyed the mangroves in the area. A social worker & nature lover Harindra Dabhich, residing near Versova beach is fighting against the cutting of these mangroves and has filed numerous complaints with BMC which was ignored by the latter. In the year 1975, the Central government had sent a letter to the state government for the safeguardand plantation of mangroves, but despite so the state has failed to protect them. Recently, the state has planned to grow mangroves in about 2130 beaches of Konkan region as well as Mumbai at an expenditure of Rs 35 crores. With cameraperson Lahu, Shailendra Upadhaya for NMTV News.
November 26, 2008