100 mangroves cut at Sai Dham Nagar, Charkop

May 25, 2009

Just received call from Francis Xavier about 100 mangroves being cut at Sai Dham Nagar opposite Charkop Bus Depot. GE images below should make the matter clear. The Charkop Bus Depot is clearly seen and the mangroves being cut are behind the slums.

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I spoke to the R North Assistant Municipal Commissioner Mr. Bagalkar, who expressed his desire to cooperate but requested that we persuade MHADA to reveal the photo passes it has issued for the area, which will give him documentary evidence to pursue the matter. The Sr. PI there has also been pursuing the mater and the AMC is willing to share the correspondences.

Will be writing a letter to MHADA, DCP and AMC.

Photographs awaited.

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Mangroves next to Chembur-Mankhurd Link Road

May 13, 2009

The pictures below show the steady loss of mangroves next to the Chembur-Mankhurd Link Road over the past few years.

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