Target: Devendra Fadnavis, CM of Maharashtra
Goal: Stop the construction of environmentally threatening memorial in the Arabian Sea.
There is currently a plan to build a memorial to an ancient warrior king in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Mumbai. Although the plan has been approved by the government and the environmental ministry, some experts say it still poses many environmental threats, from oil spills to proper waste containment.
The memorial will be more or less a man-made island, where visitors will come to pay homage to the king. The main threat the building of the memorial poses is the pollution from the boats that will bring the supplies and workers. The project would cover an area of 15 hectares, so about 37 acres, which will threaten countless marine species in the area. On top of the normal pollution risk, there is also a chance of oil spills or other mishaps that could drastically affect the ecosystem.
Experts also worry that the government has not planned properly for monsoon season weather and its effects. Many buildings in the city have plans and procedures when it comes to weather events. This memorial as of now does not have any evacuation plan to get visitors off the island in case of a storm, and also has insufficient infrastructure for waste disposal and containment in the case of a monsoon.
Although the memorial has cultural significance for many, it poses environmental threats that need to be addressed before building this site.
Sign this petition to stop the building of this memorial.
Dear Mr. Fadnavis,
Your country is planning to build a memorial in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai. This memorial could have very negative effects on the marine life in the area and needs to be stopped until these problems can be mended.
Greater planning needs to be done in the realms of evacuation during storms as well as waste disposal. In addition, the boats that will be necessary for the building of the memorial will pollute the sea and could potentially spill oil in the area. Please use your position to protect the environment as well as uphold cultural values and traditions.
Although the memorial to Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji is culturally significant, it threatens the sea life in the Arabian Sea and is not sufficiently prepared for monsoon weather.
Please suspend construction of this memorial.
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