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PWD ignores transplant option, cuts down 15 trees

NAGPUR: The city’s construction continues to come at the price of environment. On Thursday, around 15 bushes had been chopped off close to Udyog Bhavan, Civil Lines,for construction of Food and Drug Administration’s development. On noticing the felling of fully-grown bushes, participants of Green Vigil Foundation alerted the lawn division of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).
When officers reached on the spot, it came to the fore that NMC had recently granted permission to Public Works Department (PWD) for felling 15 bushes.

However, in the permission letter dated January 24, the department said the option of transplantation of bushes should be regarded as anywhere imaginable. “PWD failed in exploring this feature and simply minimize down the bushes. When MahaMetro can transplant bushes of similar age, PWD will have too,” stated Kaustav Chatterjee, founder of Green Vigil. NewsTread could not contact the PWD legitimate involved.

TOI recently reported MahaMetro had transplanted 40 fully-grown bushes that had been coated up along the metro corridor in different areas. Earlier too, MahaMetro had transplanted 15 bushes at a residential society in Mihan. As consistent with officers, the entire transplanted bushes have survived.

The permission letter granted through NMC additional states that compensatory plantation should be performed in a month’s time. “This is where the civic frame is going flawed. Compensatory plantations should be mandatorily performed earlier than reducing bushes. Projects like development construction are deliberate smartly in advance and the agency gets sufficient time to do plantation,” stated Chatterjee.

In a contemporary affidavit filed in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, lawn division informed it gave permissions to fell over 1,800 bushes in the city in the final six months. Among them, MahaMetro will minimize highest quantity — 493— at its various stretches. Next in line is Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital on Umred street, which had sought permission to clear 206 bushes from its campus.

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