Trees partly damaged in fire on Palm Beach Road
NAVI MUMBAI: A couple of trees along the Palm Beach Road at Sanpada caught fire when some unidentified people were burning cable wires in that area on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the local residents, the cable wires had been lying there for the past several weeks. Just within a few minutes, the fire spread to the dry grass in the surrounding areas and engulfed some of the trees.
“As some residents from the nearby buildings gathered at the spot, the people who burnt the wires fled. The residents along with a few children then brought the fire under control and saved the other trees. Some trees were partially damaged because of
the fire,” said Vishal Jadhav, 36, a resident of Sanpada.
“The culprits might have planned to sell the aluminium
of the cables after burning the plastic covering them. We think they chose this place for the task as people hardly go to that side of road which is close to the mangroves,” he added.
This is however, not the only incident wherein trees were burnt in the city. “Several trees at Vashi, Nerul, CBD Belapur and Panvel were either charred or injected with toxic substances in the past few months. The culprits have different purposes for indulging in such activities. The officials of both the NMMC and Cidco should take serious measures to curb this menace,” said Rajesh Mhatre, 46, an activist from CBD Belapur.
THE RESIDENTS ALONG WITH A FEW CHILDREN BROUGHT THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL
The fire spread after some unidentified people were burning cable wires along the stretch, said Sanpada residents.