Following incidents of tree collapse that have been causing injuries and deaths in the city, members of the tree authority committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have demanded that dead trees that were painted to create selfie points, be removed.
There are several areas in the city like Matunga, Dadar and Shivaji Park and some other areas in the western and the eastern suburbs where dead trees have been painted to create ‘selfie points’. College students and people from the nearby areas often click pictures with these trees in the backdrop.
The possibility of these dead trees falling on people and hurting them was discussed in the meeting held by the tree authority last week. The issue was raised by Congress corporator Suresh Koparkar.
He said that since these trees have been declared dead, they run a risk of collapsing and causing injury to the people.
Commenting on this, another member of the committee Abhijeet Chavan said, “These trees should be removed as there is a high chance that they may collapse while the people are busy clicking selfies and thus injure them. This year we have already instances in which people have been injured or even died after a tree fell on them.”
Leader of house Trishna Vishwarao also supported the demand and said that these “selfie points” were created illegally by the locals to beautify the area and should be cut down for the safety of the citizens. “The BMC should remove these trees at the earliest,” he said.
Reacting to this, a senior civic official said that they would survey such spots and prepare a list which would be submitted before the municipal commissioner. He then would decide the course of action.
Chavan has also demanded that the BMC increase the amount of compensation given to the family members of a person who dies due to tree collapse from the existing Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
Alternate headline — Remove dead trees to prevent injury to citizens: Tree authority