Not a good season for mangroves and only bad news comes in.
In case of Lokhandwala mangroves the residents had hired private security to
protect the mangroves which were suddenly seeing increased dumping and
manged to make an impact. On Sunday night two people came in a rickshaw at
10:00 pm and threatended the security guards with knives and asked them not
to be present there. Of late there has been increased dumping in opposite
Reliance substation area. All of it is great birding territory much visited
by lot of birders who fly away in times of difficulty.
I received a call from Capt. Raghu from Mud Island who informed me that a
very good stretch of mangroves and tidal land between INS Hamla and Resort
thre have been 50 trucks dumping debris everyday for past 2-3 months. There
is a temporary police chowky manned by around 15 cops on holidays to catch
drunken drivers and this happens in front of them. I have given him Debi's
number and will be visiting there in a day or two.
Just updating now and will leave details for later but what does this all
mean with the HC ruling in the background. Thats why I was not so happy also
with the order because with or without the order we are not engaged in
building the systems at all. A lot of good decisons were taken well in 2002
but no follow up. People felt I was being unthankful and cynical or maybe
jealous of BEAG. None of that when you have spent five years in it.
These are sufficiently big vilolations. The response of most naturalists is
extremely dissapointing when it comes to saving the habitats which gives the
birds and bees to enjoy and I would urge more people to get active. If 50
trucks dump debris every night into your mudflats then you dont sit there
adjusting your spotting scope imagining that none of this is happening.
Copying the mail to Debi also. Differences will continue but that shouldnt
harm the mangroves more than it has already done.