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20 thousand mangrove trees will be cut, Bombay High Court gives permission

Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project: The Bombay High Court on Friday, December 9, allowed the National High Speed ​​Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) to acquire around 20 acres of mangroves in Mumbai, Palghar and Thane for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project. Permission was given to cut thousand trees. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Abhay Ahuja allowed NHSRCL’s plea seeking felling of mangrove trees. 

Under an order of the Supreme Court in the year 2018, ‘complete ban’ And whenever any authority considers it necessary to cut mangrove trees for any public project, it has to take permission from the Supreme Court every time. Under the said order, the area in which there are mangrove trees. A ‘buffer zone’ of 50 meters around it. Should be made. In which no construction activity or debris should be allowed to fall. The NHSRCL, in a petition filed in 2020, had assured the court that it would plant five times the number of mangrove trees it had earlier planned to cut.

Damage will be compensated by plantation
‘Bombay Environmental Action Group’ An NGO named NHSRCL opposed the plea saying that no study has been done regarding the survival rate of saplings planted as a compensatory measure and the environmental impact of felling of trees. Assessment report not provided.

NHSRCL rejected the objections raised by the NGO, claiming that it had obtained the necessary approval for felling of trees for a project of public importance and the damage caused by it would be compensated by planting saplings. The proposed 508 km long high speed rail corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities from six and a half hours to two and a half hours.

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