Bombay High Court prohibits destruction of Mangroves, holds state responsible for its protection and preservation

In a significant order, the Bombay High Court on Monday, held that a land — regardless of its ownership — on which there are mangroves, is a ‘forest’. Also, in view of the applicability of public doctrine, the state is duty-bound to protect and preserve mangroves. This means now there is a total freeze on the destruction and cutting of mangroves, dumping of garbage or any material on mangroves, in the state.