Mal­abar Hill res­i­dents, chil­dren stage protest against Siri road widen­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: More Mal­abar Hill res­i­dents on Sun­day joined the protest against the pro­posed widen­ing of Chi­ran­ji­lal Loy­alka Road, also known as Siri Road. The project would re­sult in sev­eral trees from the iconic Ka­mala Nehru park be­ing cut.

The protest­ing res­i­dents were ac­com­pa­nied by school chil­dren with plac­ards in a silent protest.

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has pro­posed to cut 72 trees from the Ka­mala Nehru Park for widen­ing the road, which is cur­rently used as a walk­way and is cov­ered with paver blocks.

‘Plant trees’ and ‘Don’t kill us by axe’ were some of the mes­sages dis­played on the plac­ards held by the stu­dents from var­i­ous schools in the lo­cal­ity.

Prakash Mun­shi, a Mal­abar Hill res­i­dent who at­tended the protest, said, “There is no logic be­hind up­root­ing the trees for the road widen­ing project. The de­ci­sion to widen the road by cut­ting these trees was taken with­out con­duct­ing any study. The plan should be scrapped.”

Last week too, the res­i­dents had protested against the plan when Im­prove­ments Com­mit­tee chair­man Prakash Gan­gad­hare vis­ited the site for in­spec­tion along with sev­eral cor­po­ra­tors.

The or­gan­iser of the Sun­day protest, ac­tivist San­jay Shirke from Siri Road Rasta Bachao Samiti, said, “This plan is ab­so­lutely use­less be­cause the Siri road is hardly used by ve­hi­cles. The cut­ting of the trees will take away the green­ery and charm of the area.”

The protest has got a push af­ter South Mum­bai’s Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant sup­ported it. “I will write a let­ter to BMC and de­mand that the plan be scrapped. Instead of widen­ing the road, the civic body can con­sider al­low­ing twoway traf­fic on the road be­tween Ka­mala Nehru Park and Kemps

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