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Monday, February 24, 2020

Sanjana Bhalerao


Maharashtra govt cracks down on illegal sale of catfish, seize 30 tonnes in 10 days
Sun, Feb 23, 2020

In Maharashtra, traditional fishermen from villages around Ujjani Dam, near Indapur, Shirur and Daund, had registered a complaint with the state fisheries department on the breeding of Thai Magur.

BMC brushes up 2016 rule: Will seize TV, fridge, furniture of property tax defaulter
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

If the defaulters still did not pay up, the BMC had proposed to seize moveable properties, except stree dhan (gold gifted to a woman at her wedding).

PM 2.5 double the national daily safe limit in Mumbai
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

The Bandra Kurla Complex was the most polluted at 317 AQI, followed by Mazgaon at 304 and Malad at 303.

Maharashtra: 14 bird species in state at high risk, says India’s Bird 2020 report
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

The report assesses the status of 867 Indian birds using a massive database of information contributed by at least 15,500 birdwatchers from across the country.

Mumbai: Some relief after mercury rises to 38.1° C
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

According to IMD, the temperature will gradually go down from Wednesday and the city could get some relief from Thursday. The IMD said temperature spikes can be expected during as winter transitions to summer.

Set up to conserve endangered species: 5 yrs on, vulture restaurants witness decline in footfall
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

The first such “vulture restaurant” had come up in 2015 at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary in Raigad district in response to videos of white-rumped vulture chicks starving to death in the western ghats.

Mumbai: 2 booked for dumping construction debris into Kanjurmarg creek, destroying mangroves
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

During a night patrol on February 5, range forest officers (RFOs) had reportedly spotted a 10,000-litre capacity tanker dumping muck, debris and construction wastewater into a creek in Kanjurmarg.

In a first, BNHS to use cellular tech for studying bird migration
Mon, Feb 10, 2020

The birds will be tagged with GSM-based (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPS-based (Global Positioning System) tracking devices that will map details such as altitude, location, trajectory and speed.

Maharashtra: Look into mangrove destruction in JNPT area, HC-appointed panel tells MCZMA
Sun, Feb 09, 2020

Local activists and fishermen’s forum had earlier complained to the committee against hacking of mangroves for the expansion of JNPT’s 4th Container Terminal. Last week, fishermen in Navi Mumbai had also filed a petition before the Bombay High Court opposing the environmental clearances given to JNPT to expand its container facilities.

Mumbai: Developer building residential property on hillock gets govt showcause notice
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

The department, in its notice issued on January 31, has also sought to know why action should not be initiated under the Environment Protection Act 1986 against it. The developer has been given 15 days to reply, failing which, legal action would be initiated and construction activity stopped.

BMC plans to allow trade fees to be paid in advance for 10 years
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

Currently, BMC’s trade and market vendor licences need to be renewed every two years.

In the pipeline — dedicated tourism dept under BMC, experts & travel agents to boost related activities 
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

Other plans to boost tourism include introducing eco-tourism activities around water supply reservoirs like Tansa, Vaitarna and Modak Sagar dam and up-gradation of guesthouses.

BMC unveils Rs 33,441 cr budget for 2020-21; puts freeze on recruitment
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

The 2019-20 budget estimate for capital expenditure was Rs 11,480.42 crore, brought down to Rs 10,785.08 crore in the revised estimates, of which BMC has spent Rs 6836.79 crore until January 2020.

Maharashtra: records 64.5 pc decrease in wetland area
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The reasons for this sharp drop, said officials, are one, the amended 2017 Wetland rules that do not incorporate wetlands in CRZ and de-recognised salt pans as wetlands; two, wrong mapping in 2010 which did not stand up to the scrutiny of “ground proofing”; and three, encroachments that have swallowed some wetlands.

Mumbai witnesses rise in temperature, pollution
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

According to the forecast by the weather bureau, the maximum temperature for the next 48 hours will hover around 30 degree Celsius, while night temperature can rise up to 20 degrees.

Maharashtra: How a community came together to find purpose, jobs while saving marine life
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

Kalinje Ecotourism is a part of a community-based conservation initiative by Maharashtra’s Forest Department.

Maharashtra: MPCB to set up 40 monitoring stations in next three months
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

According to the MPCB, 40 CAAQMS will be installed in the first phase, followed by next 40 in the second phase by the end of 2020. The MPCB is also planning to increase manual monitoring stations to 126.

Remove debris from Bhendkhal wetlands in 15 days: Panel to CIDCO
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

The state wetland and mangrove committee was appointed within a month of the Bombay HC ordering a blanket ban on mangrove destruction in the state on September 18, 2018.

Ratnagiri: Carcass of 57-ft Bryde’s whale washes ashore
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Between 2015 and 2018, 88 beaching incidents have been reported, with 32 recorded in 2018 alone.

Maharashtra: Habitat loss due to infra projects – 1 kilometre long animal overpass proposed between SGNP & TWS
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

While approving the bullet train project last year, the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) had asked the state government to prepare a detailed plan providing a passage for animals.