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Bombay High Court refuses permission to cut mangroves in Mira-Bhayander creeks

The Bombay High Court has said the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation has interest in only removing mangroves. The court was hearing an application filled by MBMC to hack mangroves to clean 12 creeks that would affect over 2.85 lakh square metres of mangroves.

The bench headed by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade said that the corporation seemed to be interested in cutting mangroves so that builders can take over land. The bench referred to the importance of mangroves especially in acting as natural flood control mechanism. In October 2005, HC while hearing a petition by BEAG has banned the hacking of mangroves and dumping of garbage on mangroves plot. Also court has said that the permission of court needs to be sought in case a public utility and development works that had to be carried out on mangroves plantations.

Recently, the court declined the permission to cut mangroves and asked MBMC to trim them in completely unavoidable conditions. The court has told MBMC to conduct a survey to find out how many mangroves required to be cut to clean the creeks of debris and garbage before the monsoon. BEGA lawyers have told the court that MBMC can use special machines to clean mangrove areas like the BMC which uses similar machines to clear mangrove areas on the Mithi River.


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