The wetland of Uran is breathing its penultimate dying gasp and will perish soon in the wake of development projects, writes Aishwarya Sridhar
In 2008, Uran had huge expanses of waterbodies teaming with birdlife-flamingos, ducks, plovers and so much more. The air reverberated with the sound of these birds and it was sheer bliss.
A year later, Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone (NMSEZ) was sanctioned by CIDCO at Uran-Dronagiri node and developmental work began. Land-filling activities started and over the course of a decade nearly 2000 hectares of mangroves and wetlands were destroyed across Uran. The coastal town of Uran transformed drastically from being a birder's paradise into a concrete nightmare.