MahaMetro’s tree cutting proposal on hold

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 24 June 2018

MahaMetro had sought permission to cut the trees for the Pimpri to Range Hill metro stretch

Pune: Due to absence of relevant documents, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Tree Authority Committee has raised questions about the proposal submitted by MahaMetro to cut 1,110 trees in Agriculture College Ground. 

MahaMetro had sought permission to cut the trees for the Pimpri to Range Hill metro stretch. Since MahaMetro did not attach maps and photographs of the trees, members of the Tree Authority Committee postponed their decision in the meeting held on Friday. The members have instructed MahaMetro to submit a proper proposal.

Ganesh Sonune, Tree Officer from PMC’s Garden Department, said that MahaMetro officials submitted the proposal a year ago. It came for approval during Friday’s meeting. Some of the committee members took objection to the proposal citing the absence of relevant documents. “Hence, we had to put the proposal on hold,” he added.

This is first proposal of MahaMetro to cut trees. As per the proposal, MahaMetro will cut 400 trees and the remaining trees will be replanted. MahaMetro started work on the 10.75 km Pimpri to Range Hill metro stretch last year. The contract was awarded to Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC). 

MahaMetro has taken the ratio of plantation of trees as 1:3. Metro officials stated that it is their mission to increase the green cover. “In Nagpur, we have also increased the ratio in some parts of the city. We are trying to replant trees as much as we can. Vertical gardens are another concept, we are going to implement it in Pune to increase the oxygen level in the city,” officials said.

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