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The details are yet to be decided, said an official The summit will also give Modi a chance to push his agenda of collecting iron pieces from farmers from villages across India to build the 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel thatwhen builtwill be the tallest statue in the world The summit will also help Modi kickstart his election campaign as iron collection is believed to be one of the biggest drives by the BJP in rural areas in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: October 1 2012 1:14 am Related News Bombay High Court issued an order in 2005 that mangroves on government land are protected forests Almost a year agothe state created a cell in the forest department and assigned chief conservator of forests N Vasudevan the unenviable task of conserving mangroveswhich help control pollution and floods The head of the cell admits the job is tough but says positives have already started emerging with many areas witnessing regeneration and the number of violations coming down due to the psychological barrier created by the 2005 HC order that gave increased protection to mangroves on government land But in Mumbaia rapidly expanding city constricted by seathere is always the possibility of a compromise on mangroves as the development versus environment debate rages on Vasudevan talks to The Indian Express about the pressure on mangroves due to development and efforts to conserve this ecosystem Excerpts: Mayura Janwalkar:After the High Court ban on construction in mangrove areasthere were petitions by BMC and CIDCO for allowing infrastructure projects Some projects were allowed by HC in public interest How do you decide between mangroves and for exampleconstruction of a bridgewhich are both in public interest N Vasudevan: Prior to 1980before Forest Conservation Actthe first choice for any developmental project was forest land But nowany diversion of forest landincluding mangrovesis decided by Government of India It looks at alternatives; examines if a project is required and whether it is absolutely essential to destroy mangroves for it Graduallypeople will avoid destruction of mangrovesonly doing so when essential Manasi Phadke: For projects such as Mumbai Trans-Harbour Linkdestruction of a small portion of mangroves has been allowed on the condition that five times the destroyed vegetation is developed elsewhere But since there is no land for new mangroves in Mumbaithe plantation is done outside Wont this shift have a geological impact on the city Correct But we are trying to do something about this Of the 5469 hectares of mangroves under the forest department in Mumbaiabout 800 to 900 hectares are blank We are trying to reforest this land and have already raised 3 lakh seedlings that will be planted in the coming season This waywe can fill up areas where mangroves used to exist and compensate for destruction elsewhere Sharvari Patwa: But what about encroachment in mangrove areas In Cheetah CampMankhurd about 55 acres of mangroves have been lost to encroachment in the past two years Alsopolice and BMC seem to be condoning it It is a very serious issue But most of this encroachment happens on private mangrove land which is about 1812 hectares There are many legal hurdles in protection of mangroves on private landwhich we are trying to remove Mangroves on government landon the other handhave adequate protection Private mangroves are filled systematically to reclaim land This has been happening for the last 200 years Increased focus on and awareness about mangroves as well as citizen consciousness may help Aakriti Vasudeva: What efforts are you taking for mangrove restoration and what are your targets We are planning about 100 hectares in Mumbai this yearfor which we have raised two to three lakh seedlings Two lakh seedlings each will be planted in SindhudurgDahanu and Alibaug Next yearour target is to plant about 10 lakh seedlings Aakriti Vasudeva: On paperthere are many agencies for protection of mangroves but on the groundnothing concrete is happening This is where law becomes relevant We need a new law to address the issue of protecting mangroves both on government and private land As I saidthere are several legal hurdles in protection of mangroves on private land Diversion of this land for non-forestry purposes is not allowed without Government of India permissionbut cutting mangroves is not considered diversion On the other handthe punishment for violations on government land is still lowthough things have improved after 2005 Sandeep Singh: You said most violations related to mangroves occur on private land Why cant the government buy this land and conserve mangroves That would be ideal But the cost of land in Mumbai is very high and it is up to policymakers to decide whether they want to buy this land or use the money for other development projects But one can use the carrot and stick policy The stick part is to strengthen the regulation to instil fear You can have a rule that if anyone diverts private mangrove land for a non-forestry purposegovernment can take it over for a nominal price The carrot part is you can give land-owners incentivessuch as tree creditsfor protection and conservation Swatee Kher: How does Maharashtra fare in mangrove protection vis-a-vis the rest of the country We are sixth in terms of mangrove cover with 186 sq km West Bengal is first with 2155 sq kmfollowed by GujaratAndaman and Nicobar IslandsOrissa and Andhra Pradesh Swatee Kher: What can Maharashtra adopt from these states One is to link degraded forest with community participation and fisheriesa model adopted by the eastern coast But the problem here is our tidal amplitude is very high which will cause technical difficulties We are working on a model that we can use here Aakriti Vasudeva: But in Gujaratdespite industrial presencethey have been able to increase mangrove cover by around 10 times In factformer environment minister Jairam Ramesh had asked Maharashtra to follow the example Gujarat has risen from almost no-mangroves to the second position through plantation But they have a 1600-km coast whereas ours is around 720 km Also because of very high tidal amplitudethey have vast unutilized mudflats and there is no public pressure These can be used by the forest department for plantation Such mudflats are difficult to find in Maharashtra We need to study all these models and create our ownwhich we are trying to do Dipti Sonawala: Do you think staff crunch is an issue It has been a major problem Of the 37 sanctioned posts for the mangrove cellonly 21 have been filled But nowdue to a United Nations Development Programme projectwe are getting some technical posts for which we are conducting interviews In factbecause of staff cruncha territorial divisionnot the mangrove cellmonitors mangroves But this will change as there is a serious thought that all mangrove issues should be handled by one team Mayura Janwalkar: What is the status of Mangrove Wetland Centre that was to be built along Eastern Express Highway Still awaiting clearance There are some issues with the funding as the original financial supporters have backed out We have to get fundingmaybe from the government Shivani Naik: What are the technologies that can come in handy in conservation and what is the sort of expertise you are looking at Expertise is a serious problem Technologies such as remote-sensingsatellite and low-flying aircraft are therebut they are expensive These can be developed indigenously at a lower cost Techniques such as tagging can be used to understand the behaviour of turtles For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related News ? 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who had at least a share of the lead from the first round, ?This is the seventh threat letter I have received since PCMC began the demolition drive in August, said Pardeshi at Idea Exchange held at The Indian Express officelocated on Jangli Maharaj Road in Shivajinagar area of the city on Monday Pardeshiwho took charge in June last yearhas demolished 225 illegal structures across the industrial town Some of the structures belonged to powerful politicians like corporators and MLAs and their close associatessome even those in the ruling NCP Pardeshi said all threats he had received so far had come through letters sent in the past nine months The letters focus on how the drive will render people homelessand that PCMC should stop it forthwith The letters warn me of dire consequences…? However, However, The crowd thinned a bit after 1 pm, identified as Jamal Sheikh (28),MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa was passing through that road after attending one function in Ludhiana.I was performing.MCom and M Sc will now pay Rs 14.

a. According to sources, the agencies,com/jWaQnv913M — ANI (@ANI) December 11, they can take trains or PATH into the city. scaling back the order to exempt Iraqis and permanent US residents. According to CNN, The helmet drive is implemented jointly by the Army and police teams at various locations within the Pune Cantonment. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Pune | Published: July 6.

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