MUMBAI, Nov. 8 -- A week after the Bombay high court (HC) was told that Panje and Karanje fall under coastal regulation zone (CRZ), there are reports of mangrove destruction at the Panje wetlands. A complaint was filed on Thursday with the local revenue department. The district collector has been informed of the alleged destruction and a response has been sought before November 18, the next date of hearing in the HC.

On Thursday, Manish Bhoir of Panje village filed a complaint with the local revenue officer, claiming mangroves have been hacked in Panje. Bhausaheb Andhare, revenue officer (tehsildar), Uran, said, "The district administration has clearly been told the area is not a wetland. There are hardly any mangroves." However, Bhoir all...