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Tree committee members to visit 266 dangerous trees in city

india Updated: Aug 03, 2011 01:24 IST
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The committee consisting of tree experts appointed to suggest policy changes to maintain the city's trees, will visit each of the 266 trees deemed dangerous and according to suggestions based on their study, take remedial action. "Action like pruning overgrown trees or providing extra support to them will be taken based on suggestions," said Suhas Karvande, deputy municipal commissioner, (gardens).

The history of tree-falling incidents in the city also shows high numbers disproving the current minuscule figure as per the survey. Seven months of the current year that have passed have already witnessed 779 tree-falling incidents killing two people. 2010 saw the highest number of tree falling incidents - 1,715 incidents killing six citizens and injuring 11.

For more than a year, the Hindustan Times has been highlighting the problem of overgrown trees that pose a danger to citizens and also the civic body's inadequate attention to the problem.

Avinash Kubal, deputy director, Maharashtra Nature Park, and a committee member, said, "These are just the initial figures selected by the civic ground staff. We will now be going out to inspect all these trees ourselves. At the time of inspection, if we find some other trees that are dangerous, we will take the appropriate remedial measures."

BMC authorities said the number in the current report considers only those trees that need urgent attention. "Remedial action to prevent accidents will be taken immediately with the help of suggestions from committee members," Karvande said.