There seems to be bad news for residents of NRI complex in Seawoods protesting the development on the water body adjacent to DPS School on Palm Beach Road. CIDCO MD G S Gill has clearly stated that the plot in question is not a water body but a plot for development and come what may, CIDCO will sell it for profits. It may be recalled that NMTV News had aired a report on November 26 on how debris was being dumped on the water body next to Seawoods Estate NRI Complex besides DPS School – that too illegally to give way to a plot. Speaking with NMTV News, the residents here had alleged how slyly CIDCO was carrying out the job of dumping debris at the natural body, systematically killing the fishing business and de-balancing the ecological system. However, the trucks making their way to the water body to dumb debris had to face the wrath of locals who showed them the way out when the residents came together and forced it to take a u-turn. It so happened that the trucks did not have any permission letter for dumping the debris. When appeals to CIDCO fell on deaf ears, the residents contacted the Bombay Environmental Action Group. They later filed a report with the Konkan Commissioner, which stated states that any development in the area will kill mangroves here. The unanimous opinion of the residents was that CIDCO, the planning body of the city was merely doing it for monetary benefits. The residents say that they will fight till the end and will file a PIL if their appeal is not heard. However, the protesting residents might just be in for disappointment, as a determined CIDCO MD G S Gill said that the plot in question is not water body and protest or no protest, CIDCO will develop it for revenue. With global warming and rising sea levels creating fear all across the world, CIDCO, the planning body of the city, is unfortunately adamant on converting a water body into a development land. Now only time will tell if this blunder would be a disaster or a yet another a commercial venture in the city. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV news.
August 27, 2007