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HC OKs cutting of 1,500 mangroves for sea link

MUMBAI: The Bombay top court on Friday allowed chopping of greater than 1,500 mangroves for building of the Versova-Bandra sea link. The order through a bench of Justices Bhushan Gavai and Nijamoodin Jamadar got here to a petition through the state street company, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), in quest of to chop 1,585 mangroves.
The proposed extension arm of the Bandra-Worli sea link has two dispersal issues—one at Juhu Koliwada and the other near Otters Club at Carter Road in Bandra. The MSRDC approached the top court, in quest of permission as was once required through an previous order of the court.

The advocate for MSRDC mentioned it has bought all required permissions, including that of the coastal regulation zone authority and the ministry of atmosphere and forests, but most effective the top court’s permission was once pending. He mentioned that the sea link is a “essential infrastructure” undertaking for the city and it will de-congest S V Road and the Western Express Highway. He mentioned that the emerging inhabitants in the western suburbs and increasingly cars is developing massive site visitors jams.

The judges allowed MSRDC’s petition supplied a senior professional submitting an endeavor that it will abide through all phrases and conditions imposed through the government who have granted clearance.

In a comparable topic sooner than Chief Justice Naresh Patil and justice Nitin Jamdar, the court was once informed through Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority’s advocate Sharmila Deshmukh that it has not yet given any permission to construct a casting backyard for the sea link on Juhu Koliwada seaside. A public pastime litigation has alleged that MSRDC is dumping dust and reclaiming the sandy seaside illegally.

Deshmukh mentioned that when the top court’s order of January 25, a survey was once executed through the conservator of forests. “The file states that there is no destruction of mangroves,” she mentioned. Deshmukh also mentioned that MSRDC’s proposal in quest of its nod for the casting backyard might be taken up at its next assembly. It will even read about whether or not there's any CRZ violation, she added.

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