The approximately 30 acres water body situated near Delhi Public School in sector 52, Nerul, known as DPS lake, is a habitat for many bird species including migratory birds like Flamingos
Debris was being dumped and CIDCO had planned to fill it up to develop the area as a residential/commercial complex. Citizens of Navi Mumbai protested and got a stay from Chief Minister Maharashtra in July 2010. However, debris continued to be dumped and the channels connecting the lake to the creek were blocked. As no action was being taken by CIDCO to clear the lake and inlet of creek water, NMEPS organized “Shramdaan” (a volunteer service) on April 16th, 2012. Over 300 residents participated and cleared some debris and water channels connecting the lake to the Panvel Creek. The participants included children and senior citizens who came from all parts of Mumbai.
With various representations and follow up with the concerned authorities, NMEPS has got a copy of the letter from the Konkan Commissioner dated 19/10/2012 to MD CIDCO advising him to keep the channels connecting the lake to creek are kept open for free flow of water. Furthermore, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) wrote to MD CIDCO on 16.01.2013 that the Lake near DPS shall not be reclaimed as it is an Eco-sensitive area.
NMEPS has written to MD CIDCO to arrange for the removal of all the debris from the site and desilt the lake.