Navi Mumbai mangroves turned into dumping ground by ‘Debris mafia’

Over the weekend, truckloads of debris were dumped on a vast piece of land that’s just 10 meters from the mangroves and wetland stretch in Ghansoli. It was also along the abandoned extension of the Palm Beach that was skirting the Thane creek. Also, it’s unfortunate that some amounts of debris can be found mangrove patches. The land where debris was dumped is close to plot for the proposed NMMC sports complex. Localities find out that Debris Mafia is behind it.

The situation is rather afflicting as just the last week, the area was clean and now there are heaps of debris that are 20 feet deep.

Taking advantage of the recent holidays, the debris and land mafia turned the land near the mangrove into dumping ground.

The locals of Navi Mumbai are getting worried about the atrocious od debris being dumped. This may continue if the authorities don’t intervene quick enough. The high possibility of the irreversible damage being caused to the mangroves and wetland is very concerning. The wetlands and the mangroves are ecologically very sensitive. They not only are home to aquatic life but also store rainwater during monsoons.

Some citizens of Ghansoli spotted a man taking a bribe for dumping the debris. Santush Patil, a local activist said, “This shows how ham-fistedly civic officials are dealing with the debris mafia. Several hectares of wetland have been lost to illegal dumping along this stretch. Very soon, the land mafia will grab proper mangroves by expanding dumping.”

Assistant Municipal Commissioner Dattatray Nagare said, “Nobody has been permitted to dump construction debris on this patch. We had earlier dumped a few trucks of debris inside our proposed sports complex. (The illegal dumping) maybe the handiwork of some touts. We will have to check the ground situation by debuting our anti-nuisance squad to ensure further action.”

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