Navi Mumbai, Sept. 20 -- The forest department has decided to develop walls along mangroves in Navi Mumbai.

Dumping of debris and illegal construction inside mangroves is an old issue in Navi Mumbai. Despite taking measures such as ensuring frequent patrolling, registering first information report against culprits, forest officials have not been able to curb the menace.

According to the statemangrovecell, there are 1,471 hectares ofmangroveforests in government-owned land inNaviMumbai.

DS Kukre, range forest officer of Navi Mumbai mangrove cell, said, "Construction materials and garbage are dumped along mangroves at almost all nodes in the city. In a few areas, people have developed concrete houses for storing materials used for fishing ...