1,090 city trees to be spared the axe for Metro-3 work

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Badri Chat­ter­jee badri.chat­ter­jee@hin­dus­tan­times.com Pratik Salunke pratik.salunke@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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).

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