Navi Mumbai as a city is blessed with a vast coastal belt. The city has a picturesique beauty by way of natural greenery, hilly mountains and water bodies. One such natural water body is existent near the Seawood Estate NRI Complex but off late there has been continuous attempts of filling this water body to give way to another plot. Overlooking all global warming and climate change threats, residents’ allege that yet another water body is being exploited for commercial benefits. Rains in November is a sign of climate change that is happening everyday due to global warming effects. And being a coastal city, Navi Mumbai as a city will always be the first victim of global warming but none of this, matters to CIDCO. What else can explain how the landlords are allegedly covering yet another pond with debris to give way to a plot that can be commercially exploited. Residents of Navi Mumbai, living in this city for years would know that there was a time when the NRI complex at Seawoods was surrounded with greenery and open spaces. The Seawoods station was surrounded by a natural water body and the Panvel Creek. Slowly and steadily construction work was carried here and tall buildings were erected in and around the area. The latest target is the water body next to Seawoods Estate NRI Complex. Numerous complaints of residents have fallen on deaf ears in CIDCO who allegedly are illegally carrying out this activity. Residents of NRI have been regularly protesting against this filling. Their frustration broke loose on one of the JCB’s entering their area to dump debris in the water body. Residents say that this water body is not just a source of employment for the fishermen but also a beautiful spot of migratory birds. They question CIDCO’s action in destroying this beauty of nature. Questioning the planning of CIDCO, one of the women spoke on the mal being developed by CIDCO at the foothill of Parsik Hill. Giving the example of Inorbit mall in Vashi, one of the residents spoke on the disaster that awaits the city if water bodies are destroyed. Residents say that if CIDCO wants to earn money, then why don’t they convert the water body into a tourist spot. Residents also fear water flooding in their complex, if this water body is filled. These open spaces and water bodies are very significant to tackle global warming effects and climate change. World over measures and steps are being taken to maintain water bodies and nature to fight global warming. But in Navi Mumbai, political parties sit mute over this issue. Despite the constituency belonging to that of former Environment Minister, it is citizens who have to take matters in their hands and fight back the authorities to save the natural water body in their area. With cameraperson Satish Garud, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
- PROTEST RALLIES FOR WATER CRISIS CONTINUE IN THE CITYMarch 14, 2008