NCP raises objection over cutting of trees

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 12 July 2018

Chetan Tupe said, “On one side, MahaMetro is saying that they are not cutting trees but replanting it and on the other, they have sent a proposal to the Tree Authority Committee for approval of cutting and replanting trees.”

PUNE: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has raised an objection over the cutting of trees by the MahaMetro. Opposition party leader Chetan Tupe has warned MahaMetro that if they cut the trees without permission, they will go to the court against them.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Chetan Tupe said, “On one side, MahaMetro is saying that they are not cutting trees but replanting it and on the other, they have sent a proposal to the Tree Authority Committee for approval of cutting and replanting trees.”

He also alleged that Mahametro has cut down trees without any approval of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Tree Authority Committee. “We are not against MahaMetro but they should have to take proper permission before doing anything related to trees. Otherwise, we will move court against MahaMetro,” he said.

Meanwhile, at a press conference held on Monday, Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of MahaMetro, clarified that they will not cut trees but replant them. “We will save trees instead of cutting them. Last month, due to the absence of relevant documents, PMC’s Tree Authority Committee had raised questions about the proposal submitted by MahaMetro to cut 1,110 trees on Agriculture College ground,” Dixit said. 

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.

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