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BMC gives nod to cut 66 trees at Ghatkopar's Pant Nagar

There are no specific details about the quality of trees that would be re-planted and therefore, it is being alleged that the 66 trees are being 'murdered'

BMC gives nod to cut 66 trees at Ghatkopar's Pant Nagar
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved a proposal which will result in felling of 66 trees in Mumbai. The proposal was tabled in front of the BMC's Tree Authority Committee  (TAC) and it demands the chopping of the trees, at Ghatkopar's Pant Nagar to make way for a building redevelopment project, and at Parel's Raj Kamal Studio for a road-widening project.The Tree Authority has approved proposal for the felling of the trees.

Earlier, it was speculated that Shiv Sena, who has been ferociously vocal about environmental issues, would interfere with the proposal. But Sena stayed passive and played no part in the decision making, thus paving the way for the proposal. 

At Parel, the civic body is planning to widen the road situated outside Mahatma Gandhi Hospital near Raj Kamal Studio. However, there are 18 trees in the proximity of the proposed project and therefore, BMC will be cutting down 13 trees and re-plant the remaining five trees. 

On the other hand, the municipal corporation is planning to redevelop 14 buildings at once but 48 trees are reportedly, 'in the way of the repair work'. So, BMC has proposed chopping down 18 trees and will re-plant 30 trees. But there are no specific details about the quality of trees that would be re-planted and therefore, it is being alleged that the 66 trees are being 'murdered'.

Earlier, the Devendra Fadnavis-led state government had cut 1,700 trees in Aarey Colony to make way for the prestigious Metro-3 car shed project. When the environmentalists and students protested against the 'mass murder', Mumbai Police has detained hundreds of protestors.

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