Tree withers af­ter Vashi so­ci­ety mem­bers cut roots for park­ing lot

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

A 27-year-old tree in Vashi Plaza So­ci­ety has dried up af­ter the so­ci­ety mem­bers al­legedly cut its roots for con­struct­ing a park­ing lot in the area.

Res­i­dents said the so­ci­ety mem­bers dug up the area with a bull­dozer to make it flat for the park­ing lot. How­ever, sev­eral roots of the tree were cut in the process and the tree dried up within a few days.

“The work­ers re­moved the soil from the area and con­structed a brick foun­da­tion near the tree. Since sev­eral ma­jor roots were cut for the con­struc­tion, the tree dried up soon af­ter,” said ad­vo­cate Di­nesh Gupta, who has an of­fice in the hous­ing so­ci­ety.

“The park­ing lot could have been con­structed with­out harm­ing the tree, but no one paid heed to it. We have writ­ten to the lo­cal po­lice about the mat­ter,” said Gupta.

De­spite re­peated at­tempts, the so­ci­ety mem­bers were un­avail­able for com­ments.

Ramesh Sharma, a res­i­dent of Vashi, Sec­tor 17, said, “Owing to the care­less­ness of the so­ci­ety mem­bers, sev­eral trees have died up in this area in the past couple of months. In some cases peo­ple in­ject the trees with poi­son to kill them. Just two months ago a 30-year-old tree dried up near Arenja cor­ner in Vashi.”

The city is fast los­ing its green cover be­cause of the care­less at­ti­tude of the peo­ple who ei­ther The tree on the premises of Vashi Plaza So­ci­ety has with­ered af­ter its roots were cut. cut trees or burn them for their own in­ter­est.

A week ago, a couple of trees along the Palm Beach Road at

San­pada caught fire when some uniden­ti­fied peo­ple burnt ca­ble wires.

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 then en­gulfed the trees.

“The peo­ple who burnt the wires fled the spot. The res­i­dents along with some chil­dren brought the fire un­der con­trol and saved the other trees. Around twelve trees were par­tially dam­aged be­cause of the fire,” said Vishal Jad­hav, 36, a res­i­dent of San­pada.

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