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BMC to probe reason behind tree fall

The civic body has ordered an inquiry into the tree-falling incident that killed Ved Arya, managing director and CEO of Milestone Capital Advisors Ltd, in a municipal garden in Versova, on Thursday.

mumbai Updated: Aug 27, 2011 02:15 IST

The civic body has ordered an inquiry into the tree-falling incident that killed Ved Arya, managing director and CEO of Milestone Capital Advisors Ltd, in a municipal garden in Versova, on Thursday.

Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner, said: "I have instructed the garden department to send 3-4 experts to investigate the reasons behind the fall so that we can prevent such incidents in the future."

41-year-old Arya died after a coconut tree fell on his chest when he went for a morning walk in a garden near his house. Experts feel that strong wind could be the reason behind the fall. "Damage to the roots, trunk or a sudden gush of wind owing to the proximity of the area to the sea-shore may have caused the fall," said Avinash Kubal, deputy director, Maharashtra Nature Park.

The Hindustan Times had, last year, published a series of reports about the BMC's ineffective and unscientific method of pruning trees, which resulted in collapses. This is the third death in the year due to the falling of trees. Last year, four persons were killed and various others injured in a spate of tree collapses.

Arya is survived by his wife Ruby and two children - Tanu, 12, and Dhruv, 7. "We don't know how the tree fell. It was a windy morning and it was also raining which might have led to the fall. It is just a freak accident. The family is trying to come to terms with Arya's death," said a close associate of Arya, who did not wish to be named. Meanwhile the park has been shut by the BMC.