Coastal Road: NIO Experts Finish Translocation of Corals at Haji Ali and Worli

Coastal Road: NIO Experts Finish Translocation of Corals at Haji Ali and Worli

After starting the translocation process of 18 corals at Haji Ali and Worli, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced that experts from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) have completed the project on Monday. The corals were shifted as they were on the path of the Coastal Road project.

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Officials have said that the NIO will submit a ‘completion report’ over the next few days which will also contain details of the locations and areas where the corals have been translocated.

The Haji Ali corals have been shifted to Navy Nagar, Colaba whereas the Worli corals have been moved slightly away from the region covered by the Coastal Road project. Officials from the BMC and NIO experts will have to visit the translocation site every month for the next year.

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“The process of translocation started on Thursday and was completed on Monday. Since experts from NIO handled it, they will submit a detailed completion report in the next few days. These corals have been tagged to track their growth,” a BMC official said.  

Forest Department officials have previously said that there were more corals at Haji Ali than the surveys showed. Further, officials have said that any additional information on other corals will only be revealed when the NIO report is released.

“NIO is measuring each and every colony and with the help of software they will calculate the total area of corals. Only then we will get to know if it is less or more than the area mentioned in the earlier report,” a forest department official said.

The BMC’s coastal road project is a 10.58 Km project that starts at Princess Street Flyover and stretches until the Worli end of the Bandra-Worli Sealink. The project is conducted at a cost of ₹12,721 crores.

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