Mumbai: 400 trees to be chopped down by BMC for refinery construction

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will cut down 400 trees in the Eastern Suburbs for works of Bharat Petroleum refinery at Mahul and other BMC works. Out of 400, 120 trees will be chopped right away and 295 trees will be transplanted.

A senior civic official told Asian Age, “To maintain green cover in the city, the civic body has decided to stress more on tree replanting and transplant rather than cutting them. The chopping of trees will be done only in exceptional cases.” The BMC will table this proposal in meeting which is to be held on Thursday. The proposal consists of five tree-cutting submissions (three related to Bharat Petroleum refinery and two for BMC work).

In recent times, many trees cutting proposals have come before the civic body’s tree authority, but there are allegations that developers, who undertake tree-cutting, always flout the civic rules and regulations. And, due to lack of information, no action is being taken against such people.

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