Bombay HC directs Maharashtra government to construct a 50-metre buffer zone around Mangroves

Bombay High Court said that those who destroy mangroves will be prosecuted and directed Maharashtra government to take necessary steps to save mangroves

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In order to preserve Mangroves, not only in Mumbai but across Maharashtra, Bombay High Court issued a strict order to the state government asking them to take important steps regarding the same.

Bombay HC ordered Maharashtra government to construct a buffer zone of 50 metres around the mangroves and said that the destruction of mangroves will amount to criminal prosecution.

While hearing the petition, a bench including Justice Abhay Oak and Judge Riyaz Chagla ordered the state government to form a committee under the chairmanship of Konkan Commissioner to implement the conservation and protection measures to save mangroves, Petitioner and Environmentalist Debi Goenka told Mumbai Live.

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Since the last few years, Konkan coastal belt in Mumbai has been destroyed and continues to get wrecked which has caused serious environmental issues. However, the Bombay High Court intervened in the matter and directed the government to take necessary steps. The court also directed the government to grow mangroves in places where they were destroyed.

Earlier in 2005, the court prohibited any sort of construction or throwing of debris on mangroves' premises. Also, the court denied permission to construct anything within 50 metres of mangrove area. 

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Petitioner Goenka informed that the court has asked to create awareness regarding Mangroves among commoners so that it can be preserved.

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