Maharashtra Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Kadam arrived in Navi Mumbai at Konkan Bhavan to meet officials and hold a meeting on issues pertaining to the Forest Dept. in Konkan Division. One of the announcements made by the Minister was that the road work along will be resumed only when the dept. is sure of protection of endangered birds for whom Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a habitat.
Maharashtra Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Kadam addressed media persons at Konkan Bhavan on the forest dept. related decisions and work in Konkan Region. Also present were Konkan Commissioner S S Sandhu and Thane Collector A A Jarhad. Addressing the media, Dr. Patangrao Kadam assured that Karnala bird sanctuary, located along Mumbai-Goa highway, won’t be affected following widening of the busy road to four-lane. He said that they would take a decision that work is not stopped but at the same time endangered birds at Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a habitat. A senior official present at the meeting informed the department has suggested few alternatives to PWD, which will construct the road, and it will be seen minimal disturbance is caused to birds at the sanctuary.
The department also revealed that governing bodies falling within the MMRDA region are asked to plant trees removing encroachment in their respective regions as part of conserving greenery in big cities like Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Reiterating that tree cutting is banned in Konkan division, the Minister voiced regret that it was still being done. He said that if tree cutting incidents continue to be reported, then the forest officials of the area will be held responsible for it.
Exposing the failure of flying squads to control illegal tree cutting, Dr. Patangrao Kadam said that the situation has become so grave that today there is need to investigate the flying squads assigned the responsibility of stopping illegal tree cutting.
The Congress leader also stressed that the government has been stressing more on rehabilitation of people affected by irrigation projects more to see the PAPs are not troubled. Dr. Patangrao Kadam also said that forest department officials are instructed to check feasibility of planting mangrove in view of the mangroves that will be removed for construction of Navi Mumbai airport. Giving a warning to CIDCO, he said that CIDCO cannot go ahead with construction of a golf course in Kharghar, if it has not procured NOC for the same from the state government.
Another significant announcement made during the meeting was that the Forest Dept. has allocated Rs. 1289 Crore for developing forest water sources. With cameraperson Santosh Bodhare, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.