NGO: Construction and excavation of Vadavali hills is destroying green cover

Thane: The excavation of Vadavali hill, located near Newali Naka in Thane district is really losing its green cover due to the ongoing excavation. The city based NGO named Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP) has filed a complaint regarding the matter to district collector Thane and state pollution control board.

They alleged that the ongoing works near the hill is creating dust pollution and already destroyed 4-acres of green cover over the past three months. The hill is close to Dombivli Ambernath Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) road, is 40 km away from Mumbai.

Nandkumar Pawar, head, SEAP said that this kind of degradation of the environment needs to be stopped immediately, as global warming and climate change are serious issues, and safeguarding our green cover is vital.

If a hill that falls between two separate hills is demolished, the continuity is lost, which means it impacts the ground water, percolation, tree cover and natural biodiversity. An order passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), western bench in 2015 said that hills with a slope of 25 degrees or more cannot be permitted to be cut.

The state forest department and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) both said they had received the complaint on Friday and will be sending officers to the site to survey the area.