MHADA to cut 625 trees for BDD chawl redevelopment project; Environmentalists protest

MHADA is waiting for the clearance of MPCB after which they will move ahead with cutting down trees

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In order to carry out various redevelopment projects such as road widening, building FOBS and highways, flyovers, metro, mono, coastal route, trees are being cut on a large scale. Now, a new name has been added to the list of the redevelopment projects which will require 625 trees to be hacked and it is none other than redevelopment of BDD chawl.

Unhappy with the decision, the environment lovers said that the state government should not hurry in felling trees as the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has not given the clearance.

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100-year-old BDD chawl’s redevelopment project, which was pending for a long time will soon be carried out. Accordingly, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) handed over the redevelopment project of Worli’s BDD chawl to TATA company

For now, MHADA has sent a proposal to tree authority asking for a permit to hack down 625 trees. The tree authority has published the advertisement of the same in the newspapers asking for suggestions and objections to which activist Zoru Bathena has recorded his objection.

MHADA has not yet received required permissions from MPCB. Yet, they are seeking permission for hacking down trees. If this project does not receive the required permission, then trees will be cut unnecessarily. The state should not hurry in this case,” Zoru Bathena, Activist.

When Mumbai Live spoke to MHADA’s senior official, he clarified that required permission is being taken to hack down trees. He added that they are not in a hurry but following proper steps to complete the project.

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