The National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed the Environment Ministry and the Gujarat government to recover fine from violators responsible for the destruction of mangroves in Kutch district.
- The National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed the Environment Ministry and the Gujarat government to recover fine from violators responsible for destruction of mangroves in Kutch district.
- The amount to be recovered has also been quantified along with the area where damage took place.
- Forest Department will be the nodal agency for compliance.
- It is alleged that Deen Dayal Port Trust in Gujarat”s Kutch district was not executing the directions issued by it to protect the mangroves in its vicinity from destruction.
- The NGT had last year directed that there shall be no obstruction of any kind in the creeks (a stream or minor tributary of a river) and free and continuous flow of estuarine water in the creeks will be ensured.
- The destruction of mangroves not only violates the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and Coastal Regulatory Zone Notification, 2011, but also deprives the indigenous Kharai camel species of its major food source, thereby affecting the livelihoods of several hundred camel breeders of the region.
- Mangroves protect shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods. Mangroves also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. They maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land.