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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Pune civic body to continue cutting trees, to launch app for information soon

Move comes after tress axed on Raj Bhavan Marg faced flak.

pune Updated: Nov 01, 2017 14:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Trees recently cut by Pune Municipal Corporation officials on the University stretch for road widening work.
Trees recently cut by Pune Municipal Corporation officials on the University stretch for road widening work.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar on Tuesday said the civic body will bring more transparency in tree the cutting process in the city. He said the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will very soon launch a mobile app which will have information about the trees to be cut across the city for various developmental projects.

As elected members raised various objections at the general body meeting over tree cutting process, commissioner assured them that the issues will be sorted. Kumar even assured that if needed, inquiry would be carried out in earlier tree cutting permissions.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) carried out agitations over tree cutting issue and also raised concerns over allowing municipal commissioner to grant permissions directly without a nod from the tree authority. In the wee hours of Sunday, civic authorities cut 11 trees on Raj Bhavan Marg, triggering protests from environmental activists. The trees were cut for road widening purpose to accommodate the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

Commissioner said that this decision has been taken by the state government for all the municipal corporation and it is not the administration’s decision.

Kumar also said that the civic body is developing a new app where citizens would get all the information about tree cutting. According to officials, PMC will publish the locations of trees for which they are giving permission. Officials said there will be a digital record of all the trees in the city.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 21:49 IST