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Asian Age, 03 Dec 2018


A resident of Ulwe visited the site with forest officers on Saturday after there were repeated incidents of burning of mangroves this week on the opposite side of river of Sector 15 CBD Belapur -Survey 62. “We saw heaps of dry grass kept at boundaries of mangroves. Large portion of grass patches were burnt. Since last seven months, there have been fire incidents inside the mangrove area which have already destroyed almost one third of the green area,” said Shubhangi Tirodkar, resident of Ulwe. On inspection, it was found that at several locations, dry leaves were kept heaped for burning the mangroves. “As per the recent Bombay high court’s order, the mangroves have to be officially notified as protected areas and such fire incidents are clear violation of the order,” said Sunil Agarwal, Navi Mumbai based activist.


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