The Bombay High Court Thursday, while stating that every possible care must be taken to protect the city’s depleting green cover, prevented the BMC from felling trees in Khar West area for its road widening project, until further orders.
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A bench led by Justice VM Kanade directed the municipality to take into consideration all objections from residents and also the court’s view before taking any action on the road widening project.
The directions came while the bench was hearing a PIL by Khar resident Zoru Bhatena. According to the petition, the BMC plans to widen road numbers 13 to 17 in Khar West and to make way for the project, several healthy trees will be felled.
“There are very few areas in Mumbai which still have a healthy tree cover and Khar West is one of them. Unfortunately, trees have been felled indiscriminately across the city to make way for various projects. It is important to safeguard the existing green cover,” Justice Kanade said.