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Build Flamingo Sanctuary Or Mangrove Park, Not Golf Course: Aaditya Thackeray

Earlier this month, CIDCO contractors had cut down 724 trees for the project which led to a protest by local residents.

Build Flamingo Sanctuary Or Mangrove Park, Not Golf Course: Aaditya Thackeray
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Maharashtra's Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray has urged the City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) authorities to look for an alternative site for the golf course and instead, build a flamingo sanctuary or mangrove park at the current location. Earlier this month, CIDCO contractors had cut down 724 trees for the project. The local residents in the place had protested against cutting of these trees. 

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The project was proposed in 2002, following whcih the Navi Mumbai's resident Sunil Agarwal had filed a petition in Bombay High Court against it in 2017. CIDCO, which is the planning agency for Navi Mumbai was planning to construct 17 buildings and a golf course on the plot. The proposed golf course covers pockets A, B and C which has mangroves and other wetlands. Further, it is designated as an important bird area by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).  

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After being elected as the State Environment Minister, Aaditya Thackeray made several promises as soon as the oath-taking ceremony ended. The promises are as follows: 

1. He urged Municipal Commissioners to look at converting Maharashtra's cities into sponge cities for the environment. Urban forests, rainwater percolation, rainwater harvesting, renewable energy, green buildings will be their focus. 

2. He further suggested them about the health and safety of sanitation workers, better disaster management mechanisms and online direct citizen grievance redressal systems across the State.

3. Taking into account climate change, they have set their target for better cities, better roads, pedestrian pathways, open spaces, urban forests, water body rejuvenation, public transport. 

4. Along with the clean city initiative that includes waste management and garbage dump free cities, he has urged the authorities to also look at water body cleanups and aesthetically fine cities: hoarding policy, Lane markings, dividers etc.

5. As Maharashtra celebrates 60 years of its statehood this year, he has also urged the civic authorities to make this decade, one of Urban Decade than of Urban Decay. 

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