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Vulnerable trees to get dangerous tag: Expert group

In an initiative to prevent a repetition of Sunday’s incident in south Mumbai, where a woman and her child were killed when a tree fell on them, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) group of experts has recommended that ‘dangerous’ sign be put up on vulnerable trees, after a preliminary ward-level survey is carried out by civic officials.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2011 01:29 IST
Kunal Purohit

In an initiative to prevent a repetition of Sunday’s incident in south Mumbai, where a woman and her child were killed when a tree fell on them, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) group of experts has recommended that ‘dangerous’ sign be put up on vulnerable trees, after a preliminary ward-level survey is carried out by civic officials.

In the first meeting held by seven eminent botanists and tree experts, measures were recommended to ensure tree pruning is done on a more scientific basis.

Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar ordered removal of paver blocks that surround trees blocking aeration and water to the roots.

“There needs to be space, at least 5ft by 5ft, to ensure water and air reaches the roots. Paver blocks that lie cheek-by-jowl with the tree will be removed immediately,” he said.

An expert present at the meeting said, “We asked all the 24 wards to present a list of specific species of trees vulnerable to falling in the monsoons, along with trees termed unhealthy in the tree census. These will be tagged as ‘dangerous’ so that people don’t move around them during heavy rainfall.”

Another expert said, “The topmost priority is to ensure that tree collapses don’t occur again. We are specifically targeting a particular number of trees rather than looking at all the 19 lakh trees in the city.”

“We will also be looking at remedial measures to save them,” he said.

Deputy municipal commissioner (gardens) Suhas Karvande said, “We have instructed ward officials to send us the list as soon as possible. We will start the survey after our second meeting.”

The experts have decided to meet again on August 2 and the survey will be completed by the end of August, sources said.