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Citizens say trees still leaning dangerously

Green activists are not entirely convinced with the BMC's Tree Authority's claim that it has identified and pruned all dead and dangerous trees in the city. They claim that the Tree Authority may have missed many potentially dangerous trees in the city, which may come down this monsoon.

mumbai Updated: May 22, 2012 01:24 IST
Nikhil M Ghanekar

Green activists are not entirely convinced with the BMC's Tree Authority's claim that it has identified and pruned all dead and dangerous trees in the city. They claim that the Tree Authority may have missed many potentially dangerous trees in the city, which may come down this monsoon.

Members of citizen groups have claimed that their requests of pruning old and dangerous trees have not been acted upon yet. Last month, Nikhil Desai, 60, a member of F-north Citizens' Forum had written to the local ward office about two huge trees around Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) whose branches could potentially collapse during monsoons.

The Tree Authority is yet to act on Desai's complaint filed on April 21.

"These trees have bent towards the road and have blocked the entire footpath. I had flagged the issue last year too and the Tree Authority had taken cognisance. But, they did not prune it. So I had to write to them again," said Desai.

An official from the horticulture department of F-north ward acknowledged that Desai's complaint had been received. "We have seen Desai's complaint but have not yet forwarded it to the Tree Authority. We will forward it by end of this week or next week," said the official, on condition of anonymity.

Former Tree Authority member Nilesh Baxi said that the authority's figure of 340 dead and dangerous trees is incorrect. "Every ward has only one junior tree officer who has to inspect thousands of trees. How do you expect one man to mark out every dangerous tree? This figure is a conservative estimate," said Baxi.