Dumping resumes at Mumbai’s biggest Coastal Regulation Zone violation site

December 10, 2009

Massive dumping has resumed at the biggest Coastal Regulation Zone violation site in Mumbai region. Since a few months intermittent dumping was going on but since past few days 300 trucks are dumping everyday between 2 – 9  am

The Google Earth images above give an idea of the location of the area and a better idea of the scale of destruction

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Attn: FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION

Mr. Jairam Ramesh
Union Minister for Environment and Forests

Mrs. Valsa Nair Singh
Secretary Environment
Chairman Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority
Government of Maharashtra

Mr. S S Sandhu
Divisional Commissioner
Konkan Division
Government of Maharashtra

Dear Mr. Ramesh, Mrs. Singh Mr. Sandhu and others,

Dumping of mud and debris has resumed at the 500 acre plot opposite Millat Nagat. Just to give a brief background, the concerned plot of land is situated in Andheri (W), opposite Millat Nagar.

What is land now was 500 acres of lush mangroves till the end of 1998. Between 1999-2002 almost 500 trucks of debris were dumped on top of the mangroves everyday and the whole forest was flattened out to make land for a golf course and villa scheme.

There is enough record to show that the government officials and even some civil society groups were sufficiently seized of the matter but no action was taken. Between Jan 2002 – Sep 2002 some local activists worked at getting various pieces of information together which showed a long trail of illegal practices and mis-representation followed to get the permission.

On 30th Sept 2002 the evidence was presented to MOEF, which immediately revoked the permission and dumping stopped.

After a year the parties concerned managed to get an order from Bombay HC to resume dumping which was finally challenged by a SLP in SC by BEAG in Jan-Feb 2004. Since then there has been no activity at the plot even as the sea has started moving in at places.

Now since a month there has been an increased incidence of dumping of debris and the modus operandi this time is t dump between 2 – 6 am. We have received calls from atleast 3 neighbours expressing concern and inquiring as to whether there have been some changes in the legal status.

We are attaching the blog link below to show all relevant information, pictures, Sep 2002 order suspending the permission etc.

Requesting MCZMA and Mr. Jairam Ramesh to take cognizance of the matter, call for an immediate halt to the dumping of debris and presenting the MOEF position on what action should be taken towards reversing the damage and punishing the violators all of whom are well identified.

Requesting Mr. Debi Goenka of BEAG to kindly update with reference to the conditions of the SLP and the efforts of BEAG/Debi since 2004 in this regard. A copy of the 2004order will be much appreciated.

Requesting all those marked on this list to show their involvement in this important violation. The learning from 26/7 should not be forgotten and it is important that when this kind of a violation happens then those concerned for the state of governance of the city as a whole rather than just particular neighborhoods show responsible action by intervening.

Sincerely,
Pravin Choudhary                                                            Rishi Aggarwal
Hon. Secretary                                                                Hon. Jt. Secretary
Mangrove Society of India (Mumbai Chapter)


MMRDA destroying mangroves

February 19, 2009

It is most saddening and ironical to see the MMRDA itself destroying mangroves in Bandra Kurla Complex.  This has to be stopped immediately. See the images below. Right click and open in new tab. Images taken on 4th Feb 09.

A letter has been sent to

1) The Metropolitan Commissioner

2) Chief Justice, Mumbai High Court

3) Secretary Environment

Read a copy of the letter here Letter to MMRDA. Here mmrda-16feb09-vakola-nala1

An acknowledgment of all the authorities –acknowledgment-of-vakola-nala-letter1

Do join the protest on

Wednesday, 25th Feb, 5 pm

On the Bridge between MMRDA office and ICICI Bank