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