Mumbai: Biodiversity Panel Asks City’s Developers to Submit EIA Report

Mumbai: Biodiversity Panel Asks City’s Developers to Submit EIA Report

The Maharashtra Biodiversity Management Committee which came into effect on December 1, 2020, is reportedly looking for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report from developers in Mumbai. The report is expected to offer more clarity on the environmental impact of a development project while also recommending measures to mitigate any harm. 

This comes as a precautionary measure against the rapid deterioration of local biodiversity as a result of an increase in redevelopment projects in Mumbai. The committee met recently to discuss effective methods to preserve and protect the biodiversity of the city. 

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The body has also decided to declare regions around Mumbai’s lakes as eco-sensitive zones (ESZ). Separately, the committee talked about preventative measures to curb pollution of rivers, the sea, as well as other water bodies in and around Mumbai. 

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The committee will also be tasked with preparing a biodiversity register showing a detailed database of Mumbai’s flora, fauna, birds, marine life, etc. 

Ramakant Biradar who is the chair of the panel said, “The plan is at the discussion stage and its other aspects will be discussed in the next meeting. The idea is to cover environmental [sic] impact of such large scale projects.” 

A senior official said that projects that cover an area of 20,000 square metres of more could come under this new law. 

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