Mumbai, Nov. 13 -- Around 70 mangrove trees have been hacked at Panje, Navi Mumbai, in a violation of environmental laws and Bombay high court (HC) orders.

After a report in Hindustan Times about the destruction of mangroves, the forest department inspected the area on November 10 and confirmed the violation of the court order.

This comes 10 days after the Maharashtra government told the HC that Panje and Karanje areas (holding ponds 1 and 2) fall under coastal zone regulation (CRZ) I, the highest protection under CRZ norms, prohibiting any construction.

Forest officers said they have informed the district administration and City Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (Cidco) to take necessary follow-up action as the area is private land...