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Maharashtra: Vast mangrove stretches chopped at Karanja, high-level probe demanded by Vijay Singh October 07,2021   |  Source: The Times of India

City environmentalists have lodged urgent complaints with Maharashtra's forest mangrove cell and the Bombay high court-appointed mangroves protection panel about the illegal cutting of a large number of green mangroves along the Karanja jetty in Uran. Several of the hacked mangroves were seen thrown into the sea when the revenue and forest officials along with activists inspected the site on Wednesday. Environmentalists are up in arms against this massive destruction of mangroves and have, therefore, asked for a high-level probe by the state authorities. “This is a serious issue and calls for a high-level investigation since vast stretches have been cleared of mangroves,” said BN Kumar, director of NatConnect Foundation. He sent photographs of the damage to the mangrove panel. The Uran Samaajik Sanstha chairman Sudhakar Patil said at least seven huge bundles of cut mangroves have been dumped in the sea. “We have been raising our voice against the landfill which is affecting the flow of creek water and the availability of fish,” he said. According to the Karanja Terminal website, the site is being operated by Mercantile Ports and Logistics (MPL) which was established to develop, own and operate port and logistics facilities in India.

Uran tehsildar Bhausaheb Andhare

 

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