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Bombay HC allows NHSRCL to cut around 20,000 mangrove trees to built Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

In Maharashtra, whenever an authority considers it necessary to cut mangrove trees for a public project, it has to take permission from the court.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday permitted the cutting of over 20,000 mangrove trees for the construction of the National High Speed ​​Rail ie Bullet Train project, subject to statutory compliance. has given. The court has allowed the National High Speed ​​Rail Corporation to cut around 20,000 mangrove trees in the neighboring districts of Mumbai, Palghar and Thane for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

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In an order of the year 2018, cutting of mangroves has been banned across the state and when any authority wants to cut mangroves for a public project, it has to take permission from the High Court.

As per the court order, a buffer zone of 50 meters should be created around the area where mangrove trees are present, in which no construction activity or debris should be allowed to fall. 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.

Despite NHSRCL’s assurance, an NGO named ‘Bombay Environmental Action Group’ opposed his plea saying that no study has been done about the survival rate of newly planted saplings, and it is also not known What will be the effect of cutting of trees on the environment. NHSRCL rejected the objections raised by the NGO, claiming that it had obtained necessary approvals for felling of trees for the project and the damage caused by it would be compensated by planting saplings.

Explain that 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 6.5 hours to 2.5 hours. It is believed that due to this reduction in travel time, the pace of development of the entire region can be accelerated and at the same time the public can also get a lot of convenience.

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