Mumbai: Illegal dumping of debris near mangroves irks Malad locals

A year after BMC proposes clearing mangrove stretch in Malad for new road, site sees illegal dumping

Mumbai: Illegal dumping of debris near mangroves irks Malad localsConstruction debris dumped near the mangroves at Evershine Nagar in Malad

Mangroves near Evershine Nagar, Malad (West), are under threat as illegal dumping of debris has begun once again, along the stretch. A year ago, on November 30, mid-day had reported (Road in BMC’s DP eats up Malad mangroves in three days flat) how the 1.5 acre stretch at Evershine Nagar was wiped clean for a proposed road, without seeking permission from the mangrove cell or the environment ministry.

According to locals, it’s on that same stretch that trucks have been spotted dumping construction waste post midnight on alternate days. A mid-day reader and environment lover from the area has shot a video, which shows the dumpers heading towards the mangroves.

“For the past one week, the vehicles used at construction sites have been dumping debris near the mangroves. Unlike last year, the land mafia is involved this time is using a different modus operandi — choosing to dump the waste in the wee hours of the day, on alternate days. At least three to four trucks come at a time,” said a local resident.

Incidentally, three to four building redevelopment projects are on in nearby areas, which increase the probability of debris from these projects being dumped at Evershine Nagar.

RTI activist and social worker from the area, Sharique Raza, said, “It’s a complete failure of our government which pledges to protect the environment. We expect stricter laws and faster execution of cases against those polluting the environment, including the mangroves and the wetlands. It should be deemed a non-bailable offence.”

Taking serious note of mid-day’s report last year, Bangur Nagar police had arrested Angad Chaurasia, who was allegedly dumping construction debris at the spot. He was booked under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

Locals, however, alleged that P/N Ward, Bangur Nagar police station officials as well as the Tehsildar office have failed to check the illegal dumping of debris.

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