Trees partly dam­aged in fire on Palm Beach Road

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The fire spread af­ter some uniden­ti­fied peo­ple were burn­ing ca­ble wires along the stretch, said San­pada res­i­dents.

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