Looks like the debris dumpers have their eyes on a CIDCO land that is over seven acres. The land that was reserved for a marina project by Mumbai Maritime Board (MMB) at sector 15 in Belapur and the surrounding green cover has been illegally used to dump debris
According to some residents, truckloads of debris have been dumped near the mangroves stretch along the Panvel creek and Sarovar Vihar in the last few days. Also, over 50 trucks that dump debris was found illegally parked near the land.
The Belapur jetty is located nearby. “This is a CRZ area. If the dumping activity remains unchecked, the dense mangroves will fall in the hands of debris dumpers,” said environmentalist, Sukumar Killedar.
The jetty is supposed to be a very clean and location which is adjacent to Uran bridge and a stone’s throw away from NMMC headquarters.
Here’s what people had to say about the situation.
“This shows negligence on the part of CIDCO, NMMC and the forest department that are supposed to safeguard this plot which has been reserved for the prestigious marina project,” said activist Shriram Ghate.
Local MLA Manda Mhatre said, “I have sent the images of the terminal and dumped debris to CIDCO MD who has assured of action.”
Bhushan Gagrani, CIDCO MD said, “Our officials have been asked to initiate immediate action against the dumpers.”
NMMC commissioner Ramaswami N said, “The solid waste management wing has been told to deploy the anti-debris squad to thwart such attempt. A trench has been dug up on Thursday at the entry point of the plot to stop debris-laden vehicles.”
Ganesh Zine, assistant controller of unauthorised construction, CIDCO, said, “We will soon take action against the illegal truck terminal.” CIDCOsuperintending engineer Ramesh Giri said that the plot will be handed over to MMB soon for the construction of the marina.
A forest official claimed that the said area belongs to CIDCO.