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The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

blind­ing speed with which MMRC cut down 2,100-plus trees over the week­end, start­ing Fri­day night, sug­gested that it ap­pre­hended the in­ter­ven­tion of a higher au­thor­ity. The SC or­der on Mon­day against any fresh felling of trees till the next hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 21would ap­pear to lend cre­dence to that widely-held im­pres­sion. MMRC did not act in vi­o­la­tion of the law, armed as it was with Bom­bay HC’s go-ahead. But there was some­thing al­most un­seemly about the haste with which it wielded the axe, es­pe­cially in light of the top court’s sub­se­quent or­der — which ap­pears to have been ren­dered all but moot by the fact that 98% of the tar­geted trees have al­ready been hacked down. As we wrote in our Sun­day edi­tion, the jury won’t be in for years, if at all, on whether it’s a win or a loss for the city — if this was a small or steep price to pay. We can only hope the dam­age isn’t great.

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