Tree withers after Vashi society members cut roots for parking lot
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.