BMC May Cut up to 199 Trees Around Mahalaxmi Station for Rail-Over-Bridges

BMC May Cut up to 199 Trees Around Mahalaxmi Station for Rail-Over-Bridges

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced the felling of at least 199 trees to accommodate rail-over-bridges (ROBs) at Mahalaxmi Station. The civic body had awarded tenders for the construction of the said bridges just before the nationwide lockdowns were put in place earlier this year.

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To make up for the lost trees, the bridges department will plant 450 new trees around Mahalaxmi Racecourse within 15 days, officials said. In addition to the trees felled at Mahalaxmi, authorities said that 32 trees will be removed for the construction of the remaining portion of Hancock Bridge. The two proposals are expected to be discussed with the authorities this week.

The two new bridges at Mahalaxmi are situated at Dr E Moses Road and on Keshavrao Khadye Marg. Authorities have said that the bridges will be built at a cost of ₹785 crores. 

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Meanwhile, the remaining part of the Hancock Bridge was expected to finish by March 2021, but the work has been delayed since then, largely due to Covid lockdowns. 

Several bridges and other infrastructure projects have been delayed since early this year. However, authorities have drafted new plans for many of the civic projects while also offering revised completion timelines for the same. 

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