The decision to set up a CCTV system to curb encroachments in the Kandalvan area was taken at the fourth meeting of the Board of Governors of the Maharashtra Kandalvan and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today.
For this, a consultant has been appointed and according to his report, a total of 279 CCTV cameras will be installed at 106 sensitive places in the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is expected to cost Rs 35 crore. The project is scheduled to be implemented in three phases, with Bhiwandi in the first phase, West and Central Mumbai in the second phase and Navi Mumbai and Thane Bay Flamingo Sanctuary in the third phase.
Save Kandal forest, plant Kandal forest tree-
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Governors held at the Committee Room in Varsha today. In the same meeting, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also suggested that a massive public awareness campaign should be organized to save Kandalvan and Kandalvan trees should be planted in the coastal areas. He also said that the nature areas being developed by Kandalvan Pratishthan, Thane Bay Flamingo Sanctuary and other activities should be extended to more people to boost tourism.
The meeting was attended by Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray, MLA Vaibhav Naik, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to the Environment Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Vikas Kharge, Principal Secretary to the Forest Department Venugopal Reddy, Executive Director of Kandalvan Pratishthan Virendra Tiwari, Maharashtra Kandalvan and Sangri. Members of the Board of Governors of the Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, senior officials of the Forest Department and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Kandlavan Research and Training Center at Wadala –
MMRDA has provided Rs. 10 crore for setting up of Kandalvan Research and Training Center under MTHL project, out of which Kandalvan Research and Training Center is being set up at Bhakti Park, Wadala. For this, M / s. Tandon Urban Solutions Pvt. Ltd. This company has been selected. That too was approved in today’s meeting.
Study of migratory routes of birds-
The meeting also approved a proposal submitted by the director of the Bombay Natural History Society to study the migratory routes of migratory birds off the coast of Maharashtra. The duration of this project is five years. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Kandlavan Foundation and the Bombay Natural History Society.
Other important decisions –
Kandalvan Pratishthan’s budget of Rs. 30 crore for 2021-22 and expenditure of Rs. 25 crore for various activities implemented by Kandalvan Pratishthan were approved in today’s meeting.
Apart from this, NBFGR has been given a three-year extension for further technical improvements in the ornamental fish hatchery at Airoli, approval for construction of Divisional Forest Officer’s office at Kopri-Thane, Mumbai Kandalvan Conservation Unit’s office and officers’ quarters, installation of information boards and directional signs at Airoli The meeting was held.
Buying a Marine Rescue Vehicle –
The meeting also approved the purchase of 7 marine life rescue vehicles given by the Area Director of Sanjay Gandhi National Sanctuary and the expenditure of Rs 1 crore 75 lakh. These vehicles are designed for coastal marine life such as sea turtles, dolphins, etc. Will be used to defend. The vehicles will be operating at Dahanu, Sanjay Gandhi National Sanctuary, Thane, Alibag, Roha, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. While purchasing these vehicles, Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray suggested that electric vehicles should be procured for Mumbai and Thane.
Public Participation and Awareness in Kandalvan Conservation –
The Inner Wheel Institute and the Kandalvan Pratishthan’s Professional Social Responsibility for the Protection of Kandalvans in Schools, Colleges, Coastal Areas and the Pratishthan’s Offices, its importance, and the involvement of students and the general public in the conservation of Kandalvan. For this, various activities like organizing lectures, development of nature tourism in Palghar, cleaning of Kandal forest, training of volunteers, Kandal forest nursery have been undertaken.
Nature Tourism Area at Bhandup –
The part of Thane creek near Bhandup pumping station is being developed by Kandalvan Pratishthan as a nature tourism area. Work is underway to install information boards and directional signs here. It is a place of attraction for nature lovers and bird watchers. These information and direction boards will be useful to provide tourists with the importance of biodiversity and related information.
During the meeting, the Kandalvan Pratishthan honored the individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity with the Kandalvan Pratishthan Award. Apart from this, decisions like approval of some research projects started with Kandalvan Pratishthan, extension of subsidized projects were also taken in today’s meeting.
Some important works of Kandalvan Pratishthan –
Kandalvan Pratishthan has declared 1773 hectares of Kandalvan area as reserve under section four in the last one year. An inquiry into the 9800 hectare Kandalvan area has been completed and a final notification under Section 20 has been issued.
Forest Department took possession of 500 acres of Kandalvan area from Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. 1387 hectare Kandalvan area in Thane district was taken over by Revenue Department and 281 hectare Kandalvan area was taken over by CIDCO. Last year, Kandalvan saplings were planted on an area of 161 hectares.