Environmental activists have accused the Forest division of negligence in curbing the menace of debris dumping within the mangrove belt unfold over sector 19 and 20 of Airoli. A number of complaints made to each the forest division in addition to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Company (NMMC) by activists have failed to spur any motion.
“Neither of the authorities are no less than contemplating getting the damaged gate fastened. The primary gate main to the mangrove serves no function; it’s damaged, left ajar, it’s full of wild creepers and rusted past restore. The naked minimal, which may very well be accomplished to protect the mangroves, is to get a brand new gate put in with a greater locking system,” stated a resident who wished to be unnamed.
The NMMC is fencing the boundaries of the mangroves, however residents say it’s hardly any deterrent. “Only a fast look of all the space will current the actual image. Similar to the damaged gate of the forest division, even the just lately fastened fences are tampered to go well with the wants of these dumping debris. The NMMC has put in unbiased gates alongside the fencing, however these too are damaged and no quantity of complaints is yielding any motion,” stated sector 20 resident and activist Gajanan Raut.
The activist has even tweeted an image of the badly broken gate of the forest division left ajar. The NMMC government engineer acknowledged that the gates alongside the fencing are broken. “Following the complaints raised, we carried out an inspection of the fencing work. Round three gates had been discovered to have been broken. We’ve determined to completely lock these gates and the work will likely be undertaken within the subsequent few days,” he stated.
The Forest division, nonetheless, maintained that whatever the open gates, no debris dumping happens throughout the mangrove belt because the highway main from the gate just isn’t accessible to 4 wheelers. “The highway could be very slender and could be accessed solely by strolling or using two wheelers. There isn’t a debris dumping occurring internally. The gate broke down way back and the highway main to the mangroves is simply frequented by native fishermen,” stated the Vary Forest officer, Prashant Bhadure.
Residents insisted that there are in depth patches within the space full of development waste. Forest division in response has stated it should improve patrolling within the space.