‘No space’ to trans­plant trees cut for Metro III line

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Mum­bai Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (MMRC), which has till date cut 813 of the 1,074 trees marked for cut­ting along the Metro III line, can­not find space in the city for com­pen­satory af­foresta­tion. The law re­quires that three trees have to be planted be­fore a tree is cut.

Ac­tivists who ac­com­pa­nied the high court com­mit­tee for tree griev­ances for in­spec­tion on Tues­day com­plained that while MMRC had to plant over 2,000 trees, only a few hun­dred were planted.

“MMRC told the com­mit­tee it is look­ing for sites to carry out trans­plan­ta­tion and had even ap­proached San­jay Gandhi National Park for space where there are no trees. We pointed out that the park is a nat­u­ral for­est and if there are no trees in a par­tic­u­lar area, it is be­cause no tree can grow there,” said ac­tivist Zoru Ba­thena. The com­mit­tee which in­spected metro sta­tion sites and 14 of the 18 trans­plan­ta­tion sites noted that 30-35% trans­planted trees show no sprout­ing; 888 of the 1724 trees have been trans­planted so far.

Ac­tivists sug­gested MMRC trans­plant some trees on the HC premises, at Marine Drive and Worli, where trees have died, in­stead of trans­plant­ing all in the sub­urbs. The com­mit­tee said the Kurla trans­plan­ta­tion site was shabby. MMRC did not re­spond to queries from TOI.

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