Mumbai civic body allowed 8,000 trees to be cut in 3 years, says it transplanted 13,070
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) gave permission to chop 7,842 trees in the past three years or an average of seven trees a dayUpdated: Aug 06, 2017, 00:59 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) gave permission to chop 7,842 trees in the past three years or an average of seven trees a day.
Of the trees cut, 4,743 were by private individuals or entities, 1,919 were by the state government and the remaining 1,180 were chopped by the BMC, for various reasons including infrastructure development, according to the civic body’s reply to a query by RTI activist Anil Galgali.
The highest number of trees — 3,819 — were cut in 2016. The RTI reply received from the superintendent of BMC’s garden department also stated that the BMC also transplanted 13,070 saplings during the same period.
The reply also stated that BMC conducted several plantation drives in three years, and managed to plant 49,060 saplings, of which 14,253 were planted in 2014, another 16,157 in 2015, and 18,650 were planted in the 2016.
Meanwhile, Stalin D, of NGO Vanashakti has disputed BMC’s claims.
“It is not possible that BMC planted 49,060 saplings. I demand an audit, and Vanashakti is ready to volunteer to count the trees. I am also sure that of the 13,070 trees that were transplanted, 90% have not survived. BMC has no mechanism to check if a transplanted tree has survived.”
Jitendra Pardeshi, the superintendent of the BMC’s garden department, remained unavailable for comment.