Mumbai: Tree Authority Approves Felling of 1,234 Trees for Infra Projects

Mumbai: Tree Authority Approves Felling of 1,234 Trees for Infra Projects

The Tree Authority has approved the felling and transplantation of 1,234 trees towards a wide range of infrastructure projects in Mumbai. It is said that a total of 946 trees will reportedly be affected as a result of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) from Sewri to Nhava Sheva. 

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The MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) will undertake the MTHL project and it has now received the official go-ahead from the Tree Authority. Authorities added that the trees cut for the MTHL project will be transplanted in Vasai’s Kaman and Rajawali villages. 

The tree authority is headed by the Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, and a proposal was tabled before the committee on December 2. Of the 946 trees, 420 will be cut while 526 will be moved to other locations within the city.   

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Separately, the committee also approved the felling and transplantation of 256 trees for the bridge at Mahalaxmi Railway Station. Another proposal to remove 32 trees for the Hancock Bridge near Sandhurst Road Station was approved. This takes the overall tally of felled or relocated trees from these three projects to 1,234. 

An official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that in addition to the transplantation of some plants, more trees will be planted to compensate for the loss. In total, around 2,000 trees will be transplanted, the BMC official said.   

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