They have been clamouring to save ancient fruit-bearing trees — guava, jackfruit, chickoo, berries — dating back about 80 to 100 years that stood in the campus of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool at Shivaji Park.
Although not transplantable, the civic corporation’s Tree Authority is in the processing of getting them transplanted.
Besides, other non-transplantable trees — neem, Christmas tree, kailspati and putranjiva — have been transplanted at a cost of Rs 20,000 each. These are just a couple of grievances that members of the Tree Authority have listed in a letter dashed off to the Tree Authority.
In September alone, over 42 trees have uprooted as part of a revamp project.
Members of the swimming pool have alleged that the Tree Authority is pulling wool over their eyes. All this under the pretext of transplanting trees.
“The Tree Authority has completely ruined our motive of saving trees,” said Sunita Godbole, member of the pool and the chief complainant. The pool members claimed that they had been told that a blueprint, detailing the number and locations where the trees would be transplanted would be shown.
They, however, alleged that 40 trees had already been transplanted without any intimation. “The authority claims it has transplanted 28,000 trees in the past one year, but there are no records,” said Godbole.