MMRDA allots ₹280 crore fund for environment protection

The fund will overlook in making available protective measures in preserving the rare vegetation around the Nhava Sheva area

MMRDA allots ₹280 crore fund for environment protection
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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) recently announced an allotment of a ₹280 crore fund for environment protection. Out of which, ₹32 crore will be allotted to Bombay Natural History Society. The purpose behind allotting the ₹280 crore fund is to provide the necessary compensation to the affected fishermen due to the Mumbai Trans Harbour Line (MTHL) along with making available necessary arrangements for protecting flamingos near the water bodies.

The fund will overlook in making available protective measures in preserving the rare vegetation around the Nhava Sheva area. Meanwhile, MMRDA has stated that the fund will be utilised over the upcoming 10 years, i.e. the tenure estimated for the construction of MTHL.

Under the said project, the funds will be used in buying GPS devices, high-quality cameras, high-end devices necessary for detecting temperature change, water-testing instruments, GPS tags etc. amongst other things.

More importantly, MMRDA is looking to preserve the 'Tivar' trees which are a crucial part of the ecosystem around the Sewri region. Therefore, in order to ensure the trees are not affected, MMRDA will be making efforts throughout the tenure of the construction.

The sea bridge covering a distance of 22 km is being built to link Sewri in southern Mumbai to Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai. The main aim of the project is to cut down on travel time between the regions which is currently approximately two-and-a-half hours.

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