The code of conduct enforced for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have proved a boon for the 1000 odd trees that have to be chopped off due to various infrastructural works.
Thanks to the implementation of the code of conduct, around 1300 trees across the city would live for another two months. More than 30 proposals for cutting and replanting trees that were to come up in the meetings of the Tree Authority in the month of December would not be cleared. "This would one of the rare cases where in a month, so many proposals of tree cutting were brought out," said a civic official.
Most of these proposals that are for construction of various residential and commercial buildings cannot be cleared till the code of conduct is in force till the elections get over. According to NCP leader in the BMC, Ravindra Pawar, "As these proposals would not be cleared, these trees will stay for the next two months."
The largest number of tree felling is a proposal for clearing 144 trees at Bombay Dyeing Spring mill at Wadala for construction of buildings and underground basement parking. These include trees of Mango, Neem, Pipal, Coconut, Badam and Chickoo varieties. Another proposal is for cutting 52 trees at Bhandup (W) for construction of residential and commercial buildings. Here, the trees include that of Mango, Ashoka and also a Christmas tree. "Whatever is the law can be allowed and only when it is absolutely necessary are the trees allowed to be cut," said Parag Alavani, BJP leader in the BMC.
One of the proposals also include felling of 22 trees at Hiranandani Complex, Powai for construction of a basement parking lot and a podium. Here, trees to face the axe are that of Palm, Mango and Tamarind. However, according to Vinod Ghedia, a member of the tree authority that clears proposals to cut trees, "This time the number of trees to be cut is more. But, these proposals have come after a gap of three months. And in the last three months, there were no proposals to cut trees."