Navi Munbai: Save Panje wetland from fully drying up, urge greens | Navi Mumbai News

NAVI MUMBAI: Deeply frightened in regards to the quick drying Panje wetland in Uran, as a result of blockages of water inlets, the native environmentalist teams have made yet another pressing enchantment to the state authorities authorities to save lots of Panje from full catastrophe which is able to depart lots of of wetland birds within the lurch.
“All of the 5 water inlets to Panje have been blocked for a lot of days now, regardless of a number of letters written to the authorities. The state surroundings director, Narendra Toke, had additionally acknowledged this level and requested the native district officers to permit tidal water into Panje, for the reason that blockage is in opposition to the Setting Act and CRZ guidelines,” stated Nandakumar Pawar, head of Shri Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) NGO.
Pawar additional added that the human actions and growth of NMSEZ at Panje, through which Cidco has a 26% stake, should be absolutely revoked in order that the wetland could be saved and a inexperienced chicken sanctuary be made right here.
Activist B N Kumar of NatConnect Basis added: “The personal guards posted at Panje are threatening the chicken watchers and even scientists of BNHS from getting into contained in the wetland. Unauthorized safety cabins have sprung up, which isn’t good for the preservation of Panje. Both the chief minister or the state surroundings minister, Aaditya Thackeray, has to instantly intervene now. In any other case, we might endlessly free this stunning chicken paradise at Panje.” TOI contacted the Cidco spokesperson for his or her response; nonetheless no official remark was made out there regardless of a reminder to take action.
Kumar additional pointed: “Final yr in April, Cidco had written to the forest authorities stating that they don’t formally acknowledge the 5 areas of Panje, Bhendkal, Belpada, TS Chanakya and Seawoods-NRI Advanced coastal areas as ‘wetlands’. In a authorized affidavit, the company has additionally stated that Panje is a holding pond to manage floods in close by areas. We demand that the state authorities clear all of the confusion and finally save and defend Panje as a chicken sanctuary.” Member of the HC appointed mangroves and wetlands safety panels, D Stalin, commented: “I’m visiting numerous areas in Uran, together with Panje, to test the bottom scenario and ask the district authorities to resolve the eco-sensitive subject. If nonetheless nothing is completed to save lots of the inexperienced zone, then Raigad district collectorate. Cidco should reply.”
Stalin added that a number of wetlands in Uran and likewise Kharghar, elements of Navi Mumbai, have been intentionally neglected though they’re talked about within the Nationwide Wetlands Atlas Record.
“Over 85% of the mangroves and wetlands have already been destroyed in Uran in final 15 years. The greens are talking up and crying from the rooftops to be heard now, to save lots of the surviving inexperienced CRZ areas,” stated Stalin.
In the meantime, Kumar knowledgeable that they’ve acquired a contemporary communique from CMO stating that the surroundings secretary, Manisha Patankar Mhaiskar, can be additional inquiring into the Panje subject.

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