The state mangrove cell cleared nearly 3000 KGS of trash from the mangroves along with the Forest area in Mahul Village on Sunday, as part of its six-month clean-up drive across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

On Sunday, Over 50 student volunteers from Mahatma Night Degree College of Arts and Commerce at Chembur joined the mangrove cell officials and collected 25 bags of trash, mostly plastic stuck to roots of mangrove trees.

“Even after having such beautiful biodiversity spots like the way we have in Mahul Forest area, we could witness littered or dumped grounds around these areas, for which such drives and campaigns play a main role, I am happy for the cooperation we are getting for our clean up campaigns,” said N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell. “The plastic and other trash block the roots of these mangroves and sometimes this leads to uprooting of trees. While they protect us from flooding, we want to liberate these trees from litter.” said another Mangrove cell officer.

“Volunteers from our college were active and enthusiastic throughout the drive and moreover now they are looking for more such initiatives in future, this campaign was an eye opener for them in terms of rich biodiversity” said Dr. Padma Rangan, Principal, Mahatma Night Degree College of Arts and Commerce, Chembur. “The campaign was very well planned and organised, students got to witness immense beauty at the campaign forest site with over 10,000 flamingos taking the flights together with extra ordinary greenery all around”, said Prof. Tushar Pawar from the college

Currently, Mumbai has a total of 5,800 hectares (ha) of mangrove cover – 4,000 ha on government-owned land and 1,800 ha in private areas. While Navi Mumbai and the eastern end of Thane creek have a total cover of 1,471 ha, for the western bank of Thane creek it is 1,500 ha.