Monday, Jun 01, 2020 | Last Update : 12:23 PM IST

69th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra65168280812197 Tamil Nadu2024611313157 Delhi173877846398 Gujarat1635692321007 Rajasthan83654855184 Madhya Pradesh78914444343 Uttar Pradesh77014651213 West Bengal48131775302 Andhra Pradesh3461228960 Bihar3359120915 Karnataka292299749 Telangana2499141277 Jammu and Kashmir234190828 Punjab2197194942 Odisha17239779 Haryana172194019 Kerala120957510 Assam9361044 Uttarakhand493794 Jharkhand4621914 Chhatisgarh4471021 Chandigarh2891994 Tripura2711720 Himachal Pradesh223634 Goa70420 Manipur6060 Puducherry57230 Nagaland3600 Meghalaya27121 Arunachal Pradesh310 Mizoram110 Sikkim100

Greens to move Supreme Court against debris dumping at Uran

THE ASIAN AGE. | SONALI TELANG
Published : Nov 4, 2019, 2:44 am IST
Updated : Nov 4, 2019, 2:44 am IST

The apex court had earlier ordered that these wetlands must be protected and landfilling and dumping of debris in the area should be prohibited.

File picture of Jasai wetland in Uran.
 File picture of Jasai wetland in Uran.

Mumbai: Environmentalists are planning to move the Supreme Court against the recent, large-scale dumping of debris at the wetlands in Uran. They have claimed that around eight acres of Jasai wetland in Uran has been destroyed due to excessive dumping of mud and debris, and the channels of the nearby water body have been choked with debris.

The apex court had earlier ordered that these wetlands must be protected and landfilling and dumping of debris in the area should be prohibited. Activists said that despite complaints to the authorities, no action was taken. Hence, they were left with no other option but to approach the Supreme Court, citing contempt of its order.

Activists highlighted that systematic dumping has been taking place at the site since February this year. Nandakumar Pawar, a Navi Mumbai-based environmentalist and head of the Non-Governmental Organisa-tion (NGO), Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), filed a complaint with the state government and the Konkan Wetland Grieva-nces Redressal Commi-ttee in March this year. While the dumping was halted for some time, it resumed once again, he said.

“Since Diwali, there has been fresh dumping of debris and it has been so fast and massive that eig-ht acres of wetland is under debris now. More-over, there is a huge wa-ter body adjacent to it, which is under threat. Its channels have been blocked by the dumping,” said Mr Pawar.

“Despite our complaints, the dumping continues unabated at the site, which is in violation of the SC order to protect the wetlands. Even thou-gh site inspections have been carried out, the dumping has not stopped. We will be moving the SC in the matter,” he said.

Sunil Agarwal, an activist from Seawoods, said, “It is sad that in contempt of the Supreme Court order and despite complaints, fresh dumping in the Uran wetlands still continues at night.”

Following complaints, the City and Industrial Development Corpo-ration (CIDCO) carried out a site inspection Friday and stated that it was not a wetland. The Uran tehsildar and forest officials also visited the site and admitted that there has been dumping at the site.

“The miscreants have not been identified yet but there has been fresh dumping at the site. A detailed report will be prepared upon site inspection. Till then, we have directed the CIDCO to assure that no dumping takes place,” said an official from the forest department.

Tags: supreme court
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT