Mumbai: 5,000 trees to be hit by construction work, MMRC to transplant 2,500

CLOSE TO 5,000 trees would be affected in the city during the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor.

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CLOSE TO 5,000 trees would be affected in the city during the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor.

However, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) — the implementing body of the Metro 3 — plans to compensate by transplanting 2,500 of these in other pockets of the city. MMRC has now zeroed in at 3,712 trees that were on route the 33.5-km metro line, of which 990 would be axed down while 1,600 would be transplanted.

This is excluding the trees that would be cut in the controversial Aarey Colony where 1,200 trees were likely to be cut and 900 would be transplanted.

Further in compliance of Tree Authority directives, MMRC would also plant three new trees for every one that is chopped down. The metro body has identified four barren lands for the transplantation activity in Juhu, Wadala, Mankhurd and Aarey.

“For the first time we will involve in designing and landscaping and create dense tree plantation zones. Only well-grown saplings, one or two-year olds, of designated varieties will be planted. More info

By Benita Chacko | Mumbai  indianexpress.com

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