In order to save mangroves from the ever-increasing garbage dumping, the Mangrove Cell had organised a cleanliness campaign in mangrove area of Ghatkopar at the Mumbai- Agra express way, today. Around 2500 kgs of garbage was removed from the mangrove area which still have tons of trash around.

More than 100 volunteers gathered at Ghatkopar Mumbai-Agra Expresssay and cleared for continuously 3-4 hours. Colourful boards were put across the mangrove area raising concerns regarding importance of mangroves to create awareness among the citizens.

“Its the capacity of Mangroves that it survives even after being the hotbed of such discarded waste, we will continue such efforts to clean and amplify the process of cleaning with large number of volunteers ” 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.

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.

“The accumulation of garbage in the mangroves had left a terrible stench across the area.” said Sarthi Gupta, Organising Coordinator, Clean Mangroves Campaign, Mangrove Cell.

Mangrove Cell is targeting to Clean Mangroves across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) as a part of its six month clean up drive.