SANJAY DESHPANDE Mumbai

Large stretches of mangroves adjoining the Indian Navys airbase INS Kunjali have been affected due to the oil leak from MV Rak, and could be in danger.

The Navy and BMC began a joint cleaning operati

on on Saturday. However, the area being covered with mangroves, has proven to be a difficult one for cleaning up.

The location of the mangroves is just adjoining the boundary wall outside the INS Kunjali airbase. If the Prongs Reef lighthouse is taken as a reference, the spread of the mangroves is on both side of the lighthouse,” said Defence PRO Captain Manohar Nambiar.

He however denied having any knowledge of the mangroves being affected. ” I have no information about any oil leak affecting mangroves.

And even if it is there, it is bound to be far less and negligible, compared to what happened when MV Chitra and the other ship collided last time,” the Captain said.

Google pictures show that the total stretch of mangroves is approximately 1.2 k. m. or 0.8 miles.

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