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Maharashtra: JNPT projects in Uran, Nhava under scanner December 05,2019   |  Source: Hindustan Times

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) deferred a proposal made by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) to construct sea walls at Gharapuri Island and Panje village in Uran, and a boat landing jetty at Nhava, over concerns of mangrove destruction. Sea walls are bunds constructed with cement or sand to prevent sea from eroding land. MCZMA has directed the state mangrove cell to inspect if mangroves are being lost at the site of the proposed projects or if the projects fall within 50m of mangroves, and suggest alternate arrangements. The details were revealed from the minutes of MCZMA’s monthly meeting, published on its website last week.

“The location of Gharapuri and Panje are far from the area where the seawalls are being proposed. Also, both the villages are located on slightly elevated zones. So if sea-levels rise in the future, it may not pose a serious threat to them. Hence, the rendering of such massive walls is unnecessary. Keeping the safety of the villagers in mind, we are not rejecting the projects. But the mangrove cell needs to ensure that not a single tree is affected owing to the projects, especially around the proposed jetty,” said a senior MCZMA official, who was present at the meeting.

Confirming the development, N Vasudevan,

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