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.