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Dec 01 2016 (06:20)  NMC’s nod to chop 343 trees on Metro routes (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has allowed the Nagpur Metro to fell 343 fully grown trees in various parts of the city. The tree authority approved the proposal on two conditions — the first being compensatory plantation of 1,715 plants and the second of a Rs19,14,000 bank guarantee deposit, which would be forfeited if the NMC fails to find plantation of compensatory plants.
The meeting chaired by municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar and its members including garden superintendent Sudhir Matey, corporators Sunil Agrawal, Rekha Barahate, Sheetal Gharat were present. Expressing concern over felling trees in such huge numbers, Barahate pointed out that NMC should properly monitor and ensure compensatory plantation.
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officials from the NMC's garden department said that there are different varieties of trees like neem, sheesham (Indian rosewood), teak, subabul, gulmohar etc with height ranging between 25 and 30 feet, and planted many years ago.
These trees were actually coming up near 17 stations and routes of metro rails across many areas like Neeri Road to Jail premises, Congress Nagar to Patwardhan Ground to Munje Chowk. The city, often described as one of the greenest in India, has lost more than 15,000 fully grown trees in the last one decade.
In all, 17 proposals were tabled before the tree authority committee and sought permissions to chop over 400 trees. Though the committee rejected 3 proposals.
The committee also approved the proposal of Institute of Science to chop 19 trees including 11 teak. The permission was granted on condition of compensatory plantation of 95 plants and a deposit of Rs1.65 lakh. It has also given permission to
The authority also gave permission to trim 50 trees in the premises of Regional Mental Hospital and cut down another three at different locations in the city.
Many trees have collapsed due to negligent attitude of civic bodies as trunks of trees get choked while recarpeting of roads. Even during IRDP work, at many places tree trunks were choked due to fixed tiles around it.
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