Garbage finds its way back to Mumbai’s shores
Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Updated: Jun 25, 2015 22:57 IST
Heavy tidal action during monsoon has covered Mumbai's beaches and mangroves with waste. Marine Drive, Juhu and Versova beaches are filled with plastic bottles, bags and containers, apart from nirmalaya (decorative flowers used during festivals).
N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell, said, “There is an increase in the quantum of non-degradable material along the wetlands and sea shores during monsoon every year. It has seldom been observed that the plastic gets entangled around the roots of the mangrove trees, choke them and leads to their damage.”
Vasudevan said plastic has a disastrous effect on marine life. “Turtles and other big fish confuse plastic with jelly fish and consume them. Even small bits of waste particles are perceived as food.”
Environmentalists said the situation was similar in Manori, Alibaug, Kashid and all the way up to Daman. “Plastic destroys wetlands and the marine ecosystem as the trash from nullahs finds their way to these eco-sensitive areas. The water splashed along the sea shore in places such as Marine Drive, Juhu and Versova is highly contaminated,” said Stalin D, project director of environment watchers Vanashakti.
“It is almost as if during the rains, nature gives us back what we have been feeding it,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convener, Awaaz Foundation.
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Karnala Bird Sanctuary’s new look to soon be a reality
Vijay Singh, TNN | Oct 10, 2014, 12.00AM ISTNAVI MUMBAI: Karnala Bird Sanctuary, situated around 12 km off Panvel city, next to the Mumbai-Goa highway, is all set to get a phase-wise makeover. The phase-1 of the makeover was started on Tuesday by senior officials of Thane Wildlife Division and NGO Go Green Nursery. The project is being undertaken to attract more tourists to the site.
A replica of the famous Karnala Fort, which lies within the sanctuary, was also unveiled at the event, along with a medical care centre and new signboards to guide tourists inside this forest zone.
"Tourists have to pay Rs 30 to enter the sanctuary. So we want them to have an enriching experience. We are also involving villagers in maintaining the sanctuary, so that they realize the importance of protecting this natural heritage, founded by bird watcher, late Dr Salim Ali,'' said conservator of forests (wildlife) Anwar Ahmed.
Environmentalist Sumaira Abdulali, the niece of late Dr Salim Ali informed that a bust of the famous bird watcher will also be unveiled.
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