Maharashtra has lost forest cover bigger than Mumbai to encroachers

Maharashtra has lost forest cover bigger than Mumbai to encroachers

New data submitted in the Rajya Sabha by the Union environment ministry has revealed that Maharashtra has lost forest area that is bigger than the size of Mumbai. The state ranks 5th in the list of states that have lost forest area to encroachments. Of 61,579 square kilometre (sq km) of forest area, encroachers have destroyed close to 670 sq km, which is more than the size of Greater Mumbai (603 sq km).