Thackeray, who was speaking at an event on World Sea Turtle Day in the city added that they are committed to protecting biodiversity in the entire state.
The news has been welcomed by environmentalists who are concerned about the Lokhandwala Lake in north-western suburbs due to certain illegal activities at the site.
Later, Thackeray also tweeted : “Held a meeting between @mybmc, Revenue Dept officials and the Mangrove Cell officials to decide further course of action to protect Lokhandwala Lake.
We also discussed the remaining portions of mangrove land that need to be declared and protected as mangroves reserves.”
Naturalist and author Sunjoy Monga commented: “We are happy that Lokhandwala Lake preservation has been taken up by Maharashtra government. This waterbody used to be a birds paradise a few years ago, but illegal fishing, encroachments spoiled it now.”
Environmentalist B N Kumar of NatConnect Foundation said: “Environment must be given top priority by the government, especially now when Climate Change can lead to the drowning of Mumbai.”