Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :
Right after Mission Begin Again- 1, we started reviewing the situation of Mangroves in order to fulfil our commitment to climate change mitigation and action.
In the last 5 months, we have got considerable progress with the help of Forest & Revenue departments
In a year, an additional area of 1387ha (3427.35 acres) has been declared as Reserve Forest under Sec 4 of IFA. 1575ha (3892 acres) has been notified as Reserved Forest under sec 20.
By March 2021, almost 6500 ha mangroves are expected to be finally notified as Reserved Forests.
As Minister for Environment & Climate Change, I’m thankful to Minister for Forest Sanjay Rathod ji for his full cooperation & Minister Thorat ji for his department’s support in pushing forward our agenda to protect our mangroves.
By mid 2021, we aim to notify almost 10,000 ha (24,710.54 acres) as reserved forest under the IFA.
Along with this, we are also getting on ground to take stern action on all encroachments.