After a spate of reports on mangrove trees being felled across Mumbai over the past three months, reports of 12 ‘dead’ trees hacked in front of the Archaeological Survey of India’s office at Sion and five trees chopped down at a busy market area at Seven Bungalows Road in Versova have surfaced.
Officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Cor poration’s ( BMC) t ree authority said, the dead trees are being hacked before the monsoon approaches.
“To avoid untoward incidents during the monsoon, dead trees are being chopped down,” said Vijay Hire, garden superintendent and tree officer.
“We plant twice the number of trees at various locations across the city. For instance, new plantations have already been conducted at locations such as DN Nagar in Andheri, Veera Desai Road and Chembur,” said Hire.
According to Hire, currently, 28 dead trees at different parts of the city have been felled and 58 new trees have been planted.
Dadar resident Abhishek Gupta came across the 12 hacked trees in front of the Archaeolo gical Survey of India’s office at Sion, while on a business visit.
“It was highly disappointing to see the present state of the trees. This place used to be lush green in the past. Likewise, the streets in areas such as the Hindu Colony in Dadar had a green cover. But now, a lot of trees in the area are dying,” he said.
“Five trees at Seven Bungalows Road close to Versova market did not look dead to me when they were mercilessly hacked on Tuesday evening,” said Savitha Rao, a Versova resident.
Rao said that while traveling to her office, she found the trees looking fine, but by night, when she returned, she saw the trees had been felled.