For BMC’s new dams, 12 sq km forests to drown



By Accommodation Times Bureau

The civic body has proposed the construction of two new dams and a river-link project to meet the burgeoning water demands of the city. However, the construction of the dams will require that almost 12 square kilometres of forest land in Palghar district be submerged, without any possibility of afforestation.

According to the draft of the Environment Impact Assessment report, the creation of the Gargai and Pinjal dams will hamper the movement of animals by shrinking their habitats. It will also adversely impact the area’s aquatic ecology and air quality. While the report has been submitted to the state government and will later be sent to the Centre too, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to receive the environmental clearances for both the projects.

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