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  Metros   Mumbai  28 Oct 2018  City witnesses 510 tree collapses during monsoon

City witnesses 510 tree collapses during monsoon

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Oct 28, 2018, 2:11 am IST
Updated : Oct 28, 2018, 2:11 am IST

From June to September this year, as many as 510 trees collapsed, of which 367 were from housing societies and private premises.

(Representational image)
 (Representational image)

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data shows that more than 70 percent of trees that collapsed during the four months of monsoon were from private places.

From June to September this year, as many as 510 trees collapsed, of which 367 were from housing societies and private premises.

According to the civic data, along with increased number of tree collapse from private places, the proportion of tree branch falling was also high during the monsoon. Out of 1,077 instances of tree branch falling, 706 are from private places.

During the four-month monsoon period of June 1 to September 30, the number of tree collapse and branch falling on roads and pavements in the municipal jurisdiction was only 143 and 317, far less than the number of collapse and branch falling on private premises.

The western suburbs were more affected during the monsoon, as they witnessed maximum tree collapse (164) and branch falling (349) incidents at private places. This monsoon, seven deaths had taken place due to tree collapse – three in city area and four in suburbs.

“The BMC carries out pruning of trees on the public roads and pavements, whereas it is the responsibility of the respective private society to carry out trimming of trees in their premises,” said a senior civic official.

The private socie-ties have to first seek permission from the BMC. Following this, the BMC appoints contractors to carry out tree trimming works by charging fees.

“Before monsoon, the BMC carries out pruning of trees at public places within its jurisdiction. But to evade tree-trimming charges, several housing societies do not seek civic body’s help that results in negligence towards the maintenance of trees. Hence there are less instances of tree collapse on municipal land, whereas it is more in private premises,” said an official.

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