MUMBAI: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) along with Maharashtra State Forest Department has initiated a compensatory mangrove plantation drive at Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai. MMRC will plant 8,888 mangroves to compensate for about 108 mangroves cut for the construction of BKC and Dharavi Metro stations. MMRC’s managing director Ranjit Singh Deol, said, “Compensatory plantation is one sure way of safeguarding the environment. We adhere to our green policy while executing a public transportation project as vital as Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 Corridor.”
“The Mangroves Cell of Maharashtra State Forest Department will plant mangroves in two hectares of land at Koparkhairane,” said MMRC executive director (planning), R Ramanna. The Union environment ministry had in 2017 allowed MMRC to construct at two land parcels inside mangrove wetlands at BKC and Dharavi for the Metro III project (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ).