The Lake situated near Delhi Public School in sector 52, Nerul is about 30 acres water body which is a habitat for migratory birds like Flamingos.
Debris was being dumped and CIDCO had planned to fill it up to develop the area. Residents protested and got a stay from Chief Minister in July 2010. However, debris continued to be dumped and the channels connecting the lake to creek were blocked. As no action was being taken by CIDCO to clear the lake, the society organized “Shramadaan” (a volunteer service) on April 16th 2012. Over 300 residents participated and cleared some debris and cleared 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, you will be pleased to note that 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 mentioning that the Lake near DPS shall not be reclaimed as it is Eco sensitive.
NMEPS has written to MD CIDCO to arrange for the removal of all the debris from the site and de silt the lake.