Activist Sunil Agarwal of Save Navi Mumbai Environment group told TOI, “The lake which is spread over an area of 2.25 hectares in Nerul sector 27, is currently in grave danger due to the truckloads of concrete debris dumped here in the past few days. The Lotus Lake is also recognized as a wetland under the National Wetlands Inventory Atlas, by the Supreme Court order of October 2017. Yet, some people are trying to destroy it like this. I have also complained to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) besides the NMMC.”
The CMO formally replied back to Agarwal stating that they have asked the relevant agencies, including the state environment department to look into the issue.
The NMMC commissioner, Abhijit Bangar, has also asked the civic officials to fully inquire into the illegal debris dumping, and later visited the site of the waterbody.
“In 2010, some land shark lobbies were similarly trying to destroy and take over the beautiful DPS lake site in Seawoods. At that time, the local nature lovers had strongly protested to save the lake, since hundreds of birds like flamingos visit there. Now, in 2021, the local residents have come together to save the Lotus Lake,” added Agarwal.
Activist Dharmesh Barai tweeted to civic authorities: “Lotus Lake area is such a beautiful place with rich biodiversity. It must be protected.”