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ENVIRONMENTALISTS REJOICE OVER DELAY IN TRANS HARBOUR PROJECT

ntava-sealinkGuess who’s happy because of the delay in the Mumbai Trans Harbour link. Most of you have guessed it right. It’s the environmentalists who are breathing easy after announcement of the delay in the commencement of Mumbai Trans Harbour link connecting the island city to the mainland. The Rs 6,000 crore Sewri-Nhava Sheva Sea Link project had invited the wrath from the environmentalists, as they felt it would hamper the fragile eco-system of mangroves and mud flats at the Sewri bay. Environmentalists had gone on record to say that they were not opposed to the project but were just requesting that the alignment of the bridge be changed by 500 metres as it would disturb flamingo habitat. The proposed bridge would destroy the habitat of thousands of flamingoes which have been migrating to this bay annually for the past 60-70 years. This habitat is also home to various species of birds which include kingfishers, sandpipers, tern, pondherons, egrets and seagulls, Rehmani said. Environmentalists had emphasized that the bridge shouldn’t be cable stayed as it would harm the birds as they fly around. So they demanded that compromise should not be on the part of environment but should be on the part of the builder. “The project would be a relief to motorists but it should be a win-win situation for both sides. So when the Maharashtra government shelved the project, as 13 companies that had evinced keen interest failed to submit bids, if not anyone else atleast environmentalists are celebrating Bureau report – NMTV News.

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