Road works to be at least a me­tre away around tree trunks

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - St­effy The­var

MUMBAI: The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (BMC) gar­den depart­ment in a re­cent cir­cu­lar di­rected other de­part­ments to leave at least one-me­tre space around tree trunks for any work. The cir­cu­lar, dated De­cem­ber 5, was is­sued to the roads and traf­fic, stormwa­ter drain (SWD) and hy­draulic en­gi­neer­ing de­part­ments for all on­go­ing and pro­posed works.

Ac­cord­ing to the cir­cu­lar, it was ob­served that the roots of the trees were of­ten con­cre­tised dur­ing widen­ing, resur­fac­ing and im­prove­ment of roads, which re­stricted the growth of trees and weak­ened their roots.

This is the first cir­cu­lar that men­tioned a spe­cific dis­tance around the trunk’s cir­cum­fer­ence for any work.

Deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, Kishore Kshir­sagar, who heads the gar­den depart­ment, said “This is the first time such a cir­cu­lar with spe­cific in­struc­tions

has been is­sued. It ap­plies to all road and foot­path work and not plan­ta­tion in open space. In case there is any ex­ist­ing tree on the road or foot­paths where any work is pro­posed or is on­go­ing then there must be at least a me­tre space.”

The cir­cu­lar also made it manda­tory to keep space for plant­ing new trees along both sides of the roads. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Zoru Bhatena said the cir­cu­lar is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to save trees in the city.

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