11 trees up­rooted from Vashi for civic work, to be trans­planted

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra. sen­gupta@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Turbhe ward of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) up­rooted 11 trees along the stretch from Arenja Cor­ner at Sec­tor 17 in Vashi to traf­fic po­lice chowky near Ko­pri Bridge on Thurs­day.

The up­root­ing is a part of the an­nual re­plan­ta­tion drive of the gar­den de­part­ment of the civic body for car­ry­ing out var­i­ous civic work such as road widen­ing work, pipe­line lay­ing work or pre-mon­soon drive for road con­creti­sa­tion.

Of­fi­cials from the gar­den de­part­ment said the up­rooted trees would be re­planted at the sewage treat­ment plants, Thane- Be­la­pur road and at Turbhe land­fill site.

Be­fore up­root­ing the trees, the de­part­ment con­ducts a sur­vey which trees can be up­rooted and suitable lo­ca­tions for re­plant­ing them.

Sur­veys will also be un­der­taken in nodes such as Vashi, Nerul, Be­la­pur and Kopar Khairane.

“Once we are done with the sur­vey, we sub­mit it to the engi­neer­ing de­part­ment, which gives us the per­mis­sion to go ahead with the up­root­ing and re­plan­ta­tion process,” said Anil Gaik­wad, in- charge of gar­den de­part­ment of Turbhe ward.

“Re­plan­ta­tion pro­ce­dure takes good amount of time as we have to en­sure that no dam­age is caused to trees,” added Gaik­wad

Be­sides, around 15 to 20 trees are also be­ing trimmed on the same stretch from Arenja Cor­ner to Ko­pri Bridge in Turbhe as they have been ob­struct­ing the street lights.

“We have also be­gun trim­ming the trees as we got sev­eral com­plaints from res­i­dents that they were ob­struct­ing the street lights. Af­ter the trees are trimmed, there will be no vis­i­bil­ity prob­lem,” said Vi­jay Kam­ble, horticulture of­fi­cer, Vashi gar­den de­part­ment.

BACHCHAN KUMAR

Work­ers trim trees at Arenja Cor­ner in Vashi on Thurs­day.

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