1,090 city trees to be spared the axe for Metro-3 work
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) said it has been asked by the city’s civic body to spare 1,090 trees that were among the 3,891 to be cut or transplanted to make way for construction of the Colaba to SEEPZ (Metro 3) line.
Officials from MMRCL said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s tree authority has allowed them to axe 1,074 trees and transplant 1,727 trees. MMRCL’s original proposal to the department sought permission to cut 3,891 trees along the project’s alignment. The corporation has not sought permission for trees to be affected at Aarey colony for the Metro car shed yet because the matter is being heard in the National Green Tribunal.
HT had reported on January 13 that 5,012 trees are likely to be affected by the project, including 2,598 — 254 to be cut and 2,044 transplanted — at Aarey Colony, Goregaon, after Khar resident Zoru Bhathena received an RTI response from MMRCL. The corporation said the information received through RTI is incorrect because they are yet to seek permission to cut trees at Aarey.
A total of 3,202 people died on the suburban railway network last year while 3,363 persons were injured.
Passengers falling from the trains constituted the highest number of injuries on the Mumbai railway suburban railway network in 2016, revealed statistics compiled by the government railway police (GRP).
Central Railway (CR), whose network is more than twice of the Western line, recorded the highest number of deaths this year.
CR also topped the injuries list at 1,856 people followed by Western Railway (WR), which reported 1507 injuries this year.
According to the data, the railway stations with the highest number of injuries were Andheri (159) followed by Borivli (98) and Dadar (93).