Maharashtra: Five years on, wetlands yet to be declared as bird sanctuaries

Greater than 5 years have handed since former chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, appearing because the chairman of the State Board for Wildlife (SBWL), accepted a proposal to declare three wetlands in Mumbai, Raigad and Thane districts as chicken sanctuaries. Nonetheless, the respective water space — together with wetlands of Mahul-Shivdi, Panje-Funde and TSC-NRI wetlands in Navi Mumbai — are but to be notified as such, as per provisions of the Wildlife Safety Act, 1972.

Activists earlier this week wrote to CM Uddhav Thackeray, drawing his consideration to this delay, and urged him to expedite safety for these ecologically delicate areas, which assist a wealthy biodiversity of migratory birds throughout winter months. The Fadnavis authorities had, on December 4, 2015, proposed to declare practically 1,600 hectares of wetland as chicken sanctuary whereas approving the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Hyperlink challenge.

The identical day, through the official Fb web page of the Chief Minister’s workplace, it had been introduced, “CM Devendra Fadnavis chaired the tenth assembly of the State Wildlife Board at Mumbai, in presence of forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. The board accepted three chicken sanctuaries in Mumbai area (Mahul-Shivdi, TSC land close to Palm Seashore and Panje Funde), which is able to assist in conservation of flamingos.” Mitigation measures steered by Bombay Pure Historical past Society (BNHS) had been considered earlier than giving approval to the MTHL challenge, the put up learn.

BN Kumar, director of NatConnect NGO which has been campaigning to guard wetlands in Navi Mumbai, mentioned, “This transfer is according to what environmentalists have been demanding for years. However regardless of submitting a number of Proper to Info (RTI) queries within the latest previous as to the standing of Panje chicken sanctuary, it was not talked about within the responses that approval had already been granted to declare these wetlands as sanctuaries. We’ve now requested CM Thackeray to go forward together with his predecessor’s resolution and make this announcement on World Migratory Chicken Day, on Might 8, as a present to the Mumbai Metropolitan Area.”

Not too long ago, migratory birds (particularly larger sandplovers) which had been tagged by BNHS at Panje in September 2018 had been discovered to have returned to the realm after a supermoon occasion induced tidal water to movement into the parched wetland which, Kumar mentioned, has been dry for near a yr now. Native birder Parag Gharat who ventured out together with his digicam after seeing the waterflow noticed the tagged birds. Kumar rapidly cross-checked the pictures with BNHS which confirmed it had accomplished the tagging. “Appears just like the birds are utilizing the Mumbai coast as a stopover or refuelling web site,” mentioned BNHS director Dr Bivash Pandav.

In the meantime, wetlands in Mahul-Shivdi in Mumbai and TSC-NRI in Navi Mumbai additionally proceed to assist numerous resident and migratory chicken populations, together with flamingos. “These areas usually are not simply necessary for birds; they act as city sponges and forestall flooding as properly. For the reason that state authorities had already expressed their need to grant them authorized sanctity as chicken sanctuaries, there needs to be no additional delay in the identical. To have waited for over 5 years since then is already a severe lapse in governance,” mentioned Kumar.

Greater than 5 years have handed since former chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, appearing because the chairman of the State Board for Wildlife (SBWL), accepted a proposal to declare three wetlands in Mumbai, Raigad and Thane districts as chicken sanctuaries. Nonetheless, the respective water space — together with wetlands of Mahul-Shivdi, Panje-Funde and TSC-NRI wetlands in Navi Mumbai — are but to be notified as such, as per provisions of the Wildlife Safety Act, 1972.

Activists earlier this week wrote to CM Uddhav Thackeray, drawing his consideration to this delay, and urged him to expedite safety for these ecologically delicate areas, which assist a wealthy biodiversity of migratory birds throughout winter months. The Fadnavis authorities had, on December 4, 2015, proposed to declare practically 1,600 hectares of wetland as chicken sanctuary whereas approving the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Hyperlink challenge.

The identical day, through the official Fb web page of the Chief Minister’s workplace, it had been introduced, “CM Devendra Fadnavis chaired the tenth assembly of the State Wildlife Board at Mumbai, in presence of forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. The board accepted three chicken sanctuaries in Mumbai area (Mahul-Shivdi, TSC land close to Palm Seashore and Panje Funde), which is able to assist in conservation of flamingos.” Mitigation measures steered by Bombay Pure Historical past Society (BNHS) had been considered earlier than giving approval to the MTHL challenge, the put up learn.

BN Kumar, director of NatConnect NGO which has been campaigning to guard wetlands in Navi Mumbai, mentioned, “This transfer is according to what environmentalists have been demanding for years. However regardless of submitting a number of Proper to Info (RTI) queries within the latest previous as to the standing of Panje chicken sanctuary, it was not talked about within the responses that approval had already been granted to declare these wetlands as sanctuaries. We’ve now requested CM Thackeray to go forward together with his predecessor’s resolution and make this announcement on World Migratory Chicken Day, on Might 8, as a present to the Mumbai Metropolitan Area.”

Not too long ago, migratory birds (particularly larger sandplovers) which had been tagged by BNHS at Panje in September 2018 had been discovered to have returned to the realm after a supermoon occasion induced tidal water to movement into the parched wetland which, Kumar mentioned, has been dry for near a yr now. Native birder Parag Gharat who ventured out together with his digicam after seeing the waterflow noticed the tagged birds. Kumar rapidly cross-checked the pictures with BNHS which confirmed it had accomplished the tagging. “Appears just like the birds are utilizing the Mumbai coast as a stopover or refuelling web site,” mentioned BNHS director Dr Bivash Pandav.

In the meantime, wetlands in Mahul-Shivdi in Mumbai and TSC-NRI in Navi Mumbai additionally proceed to assist numerous resident and migratory chicken populations, together with flamingos. “These areas usually are not simply necessary for birds; they act as city sponges and forestall flooding as properly. For the reason that state authorities had already expressed their need to grant them authorized sanctity as chicken sanctuaries, there needs to be no additional delay in the identical. To have waited for over 5 years since then is already a severe lapse in governance,” mentioned Kumar.

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