Mumbai, April 9 -- The Maharashtra government recently directed that two patches of mangrove forest in Dharavi and Bandra-Kurla Complex - measuring 0.34hectares and 0.91hectares, respectively - be handed over to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to build the BKC and Dharavi stations on the Metro-3 (Colaba-SEEPZ) line. Officials in the forest department clarified that the handover will be made "at the earliest" by the mangrove cell.

Stage 1 and stage 2 clearance under the Forest Conservation Act (1980) had already been granted by the MoEFCC's regional office in 2017 and 2019. "What remains is for the land to be handed to the user agency, namely the MMRCL, so that work can proceed. The land will be transferred shortly by the DFO, MM...