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Can't be blamed for tree-related accidents on pvt premises: BMC

The BMC has said it is not to be held responsible if trees on private premises collapse during rains and hurt people or damage property.

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2012 01:11 IST
Poorvi Kulkarni

The BMC has said it is not to be held responsible if trees on private premises collapse during rains and hurt people or damage property.

The civic body said its tree-trimming operations are underway, but the onus of maintaining trees in housing societies or commercial premises rests upon the owners and managers of these properties.

"Notices have been put up in all local ward offices about the procedure to seek permissions from BMC to trim trees," said Kamlashankar Yadav, superintendent of gardens, BMC.

"We will guide housing societies and private agencies through the process of taking permissions, but we cannot be held responsible for tree-related accidents on private premises."

Last year, the BMC received much flak when several citizens were injured, and a woman and her child were killed by trees that came crashing during the rain. But the civic body absolved itself of blame saying they took place on private property.

This year, the BMC has trimmed 10,504 of the 11,629 trees on its property that had been marked for trimming. The remaining 1,125 trees are expected to be trimmed by May 31.

Last year, Hindustan Times ran a campaign highlighting how outdated tree pruning mechanism and civic negligence was endangering lives of citizens.

In 2010, around 1,600 trees had collapsed. Last year, four persons were killed and 13 were injured in tree-collapse related incidents. The civic body then worked out a policy on the issue and overhauled the machinery used for maintaining trees.

"We are taking all precautions so that no disastrous incidents take place during monsoon this year. Trees that were bent have been balanced by the trimming process and dead branches have been chopped," added Yadav.

Avinash Kubal, former member of BMC's tree authority and deputy director of Maharashtra Nature Park Society, said that after an extensive survey, trees perceived to be in a dangerous condition were identified, and tree trimming operations began in the dry season itself.