CIVIC BODY AT IT AGAIN, RE­PAIRS GOOD ROADS IN BAN­DRA-AND­HERI

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Lax­man Singh lax­man.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The flak from cit­i­zens’ groups hasn’t de­terred the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) from re­pair­ing roads that are in good con­di­tion.

The civic body has now taken up re­pair of side strips of the con­cre­tised link­ing road from Ban­dra to And­heri, which will cost Rs150 crore. While the ex­pen­di­ture has raised eye­brows, the work is in­con­ve­nienc­ing res­i­dents, with traf­fic snarls on the busy link­ing road.

Link­ing Road has been con­cre­tised, but the strips were ei­ther made of as­phalt or paver blocks. So the BMC in Oc­to­ber started to re­pair and re­build them. “The work has been taken up as part of the mas­ter plan to im­prove roads. We will ex­am­ine all stretches and can­cel work on stretches where it’s not needed,” said Manohar Pawar, chief en­gi­neer, road depart­ment.

“The work won’t help re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion as the lanes are used for park­ing,” said a source from the BMC.

The civic gar­den depart­ment has be­gun a sur­vey of ar­eas in the city for plant­ing trees in the next year. The sur­vey will be con­ducted in var­i­ous parts to find out which are most suit­able. Also, the sur­vey will find out the ar­eas where road widen­ing work will be done and where re­plant­ing of trees is re­quired.

“We con­duct the sur­vey ev­ery year to find out where we can do tree plan­ta­tion and which trees re­quire re­plan­ta­tion and also suit­able lo­ca­tions to re­plant them. The re­plan­ta­tion pro­ce­dure takes a good amount of time as we have to fol­low a proper pro­ce­dure to en­sure no dam­age is caused to the trees,” said Chan­drakant Tayde, head Ev­ery year, the cor­po­ra­tion plants around 75,000 trees across eight wards and the rest in for­est ar­eas. Of­fi­cials also said the next year, they would be plant­ing more trees that help re­duce car­bon foot­print.

of gar­den depart­ment of NMMC.

Ev­ery year, the cor­po­ra­tion plants around 75,000 trees across the eight wards and the rest in the

for­est ar­eas. Of­fi­cials also said the next year, they would be plant­ing more trees that help re­duce car­bon foot­print. “We will be plant­ing

more neem, basil, satvin, sapodilla, kan­chan trees. Tulsi gives out oxy­gen for 20 hours along with the for­ma­tion of nascent oxy­gen which ab­sorbs harm­ful gases like car­bon monox­ide, car­bon diox­ide and sul­phur diox­ide from the en­vi­ron­ment,” said the of­fi­cial.

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