The biggest casualty in a city eager to see the completion of its mega infrastructure projects, is its trees. At its first meeting after the election of the new civic body, the tree authority of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation cleared 37 proposals that involved the cutting of 584 trees.
While 86 of the 584 trees to be cut are for Phase I of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Develop-ment Authority’s metro rail project along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor, 122 trees will be hacked for the concretisation of Marve Road in Malad (West).
However, some corporators who are members of the tree authority decried the proposals, saying they were not given time for site inspection.
Also, Ameet Satam, tree authority member and Bharatiya Janata Party corporator, said the BMC has rarely ensured that transplantation of trees, mandatory when permission to cut trees is given, takes place and private agencies, hence, go scot-free.