Thursday, February 02, 2023
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SOS to CM - #IamPanjeWetlandIamDying

NatConnect Foundation

Dear Hon’ble Mukhya Mantri ji,

We sincerely appreciate your prompt response to our previous mails regarding protection of environment. 

Sir, you have been kind enough to act on our complaints regarding destruction of mangroves and Parsik Hill and refer them to the concerned departments.

Now, we have come across a major problem on wetlands. Panje, probably the last of the wetalands in Uran area faces extinction due to the construction of sluice gates (pictured) and blocking the sea water flow. Thus, the mangroves there will die, the area dries up, opening avenues for land grabbers.

Panje wetland is not only as a destination for over 350 species of birds, but a source of income for the local fisher folk who already lost vast stretches of fishing area due to infrastructure development - be it in the name of SEZ or port.

There have been several media reports recently with environmentalists raising serious concerns.