Mumbai: The curious case of 150 felled mangroves in Borivali

MHB Colony locals find the cut trees on a builder’s five-acre plot; cops promise to register case in court

Early this month, locals of MHB colony in Borivali West lodged a complaint with the corporator Shiva Shetty that about 150 mangroves trees have been cut and hidden on a five-acre plot owned by a well-known builder.

The area was part of the mangrove before the trees were chopped off
The area was part of the mangrove before the trees were chopped off

Shetty, who visited the site and took pictures of the felled trees hidden under a layer of grass, in turn alerted the R-Central ward the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corpo-ration (BMC). Complainant Amol Ingle, a junior officer in the BMC tree department junior, central region, lodged a police complaint at the MHB Colony police station.

Shetty said, “A few days ago, locals of the area met me and informed that they had noticed around 150 mangroves trees cut on a builder’s five-acre plot. When I visited the site, owned by Eco Home, I saw the demolished mangroves trees on the rear end of the site, covered with grass.”

Shetty has asked the BMC to investigate the matter and nab the unknown culprit. “I clicked the pictures of the demolished mangroves trees and have already given them to the police and the BMC officials for further inquiry.”

Ingle confirmed that a punchnama was filed on the spot. “A non-cognisable offence has been registered against the unknown people and they confirmed yesterday that a case will be registered in court,” he explainded.

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