Is Mumbai’s civic body serious about preventing the menace of falling trees?
Though the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) says it has taken the issue seriously by trimming and cutting down dangerous trees in large numbers, the efforts seemed to be half-baked.
With only one meeting commissioned in a span of seven months, no progress made in formulating the resolved scientific manual to tree pruning, and no pre-monsoon meeting yet, members of an expert tree committee set up by the BMC in July last year claimed that they were “neglected by civic authorities”.
“There is no set regulation to prune and cut trees scientifically and practically,” said Dr Sharad Chaphekar, committee chairperson.
On Wednesday, a two-member panel constituted by Hindustan Times to conduct a tree audit across the city, pointed out that “unscientific trimming and poor space management” were reasons for the high vulnerability of trees in the city.
Suhas Karwande, deputy municipal commissioner (gardens), said: “It is very difficult to call all the committee experts together. While some experts are travelling, others are busy with their professional work. We will begin work on the manual soon.”