Mumbai, Oct. 22 -- The Thane district administration's various bodies have undertaken a fresh verification drive from Monday to determine whether two sites in Navi Mumbai can be declared wetlands following an application by a local environmentalist.

The team will make its submissions before the Bombay high court (HC)-appointed state wetland committee, which is headed by the Konkan commissioner, on October 27.

The team also identified debris dumping at the site and directed the City Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (Cidco), Navi Mumbai's planning body, to clear it within a week.

The sites included the 21.9 hectare (ha) NRI Complex and 14.3-ha Training Ship Chanakya where a record 9,000 flamingos had flocked in April and May.

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