Even as the civic body tries to put a new tree-pruning mechanism in place, a banyan tree collapsed on a workshop on SV Road in Dahisar (West) on September 5, crushing the roof.
It was a Sunday and the workshop was closed. No one was hurt in the incident.
The owner of the workshop, Dhirendra Acharya, said he had written to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s R-Central ward office requesting it to prune the tree. "The tree has been standing inside the compound of an adjoining housing society for more than 12 years. On September 2, I noticed that it had tilted towards my shed," Acharya said.
Acharya, who had been following Hindustan Times’s campaign regarding the spate of tree collapse incidents, thought the BMC would act immediately. "But despite the urgency, nobody came to even inspect, let alone prune, the tree," Acharya alleged.
The tree collapsed on September 5, three days after Acharya had approached the ward office.