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NGT notice to Centre, Gujarat on plea alleging destruction of mangroves in state

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A plea alleging destruction of mangroves by the Deen Port Trust in Gujarat's district has prompted the to seek responses from the Centre and the

A bench headed by Justice issued notices to the and Forests (MoEF), government, State Coastal Zone Management Authority, Deen Port Trust and others while seeking their replies within a week.

"Issue Notice to the respondents," the bench said while posting the matter for hearing on March 19.

The tribunal was hearing a plea by based alleging rampant clearing of the mangroves in Nani Chirai and Moti Chirai areas of Bhachau Taluka in district by the Deen Port Trust.

"The destruction of mangroves not only violates the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and Coastal Regulatory Zone Notification, 2011, but also deprives the indigenous Kharai camel species of its major food source, thereby affecting the livelihoods of several hundred camel breeders of the region," the petition said.

The petition, filed through advocates and Upama Bhattacharjee, claimed that the "incessant destruction activities" of the respondents have diminished the cover of sparse mangroves found at the site and destroyed the habitat of the indigenous Kharai camels which has affected the livelihood of villagers dependent on the mangroves.

It said these activities carried out by the Deen Trust Port were without any CRZ or Forest clearance which was causing irreversible loss of mangroves.

The association has sought directions for the rehabilitation and restitution of the mangroves already destroyed and payment of a environmental compensation charge for the destruction.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:00 IST
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