The authorities of Shriram Mills in Lower Parel have till date failed to plant the 84 trees in lieu of the no-objection certificate (NOC) received for felling of 42 trees in 2007. A point of order seeking inquiry into the matter was raised at the Tree Authority meeting on Friday.
The Tree Authority had in 2007 allowed the Mills to cut 42 trees and transplant 19. According to the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975, the mill was supposed to plant double the number of trees cut within 30 days, or within the time as granted by the Tree Officer. The gardens department has confirmed that no time extension was provided to the mill. Based on a complaint by Shiv Sena corporator Nandkishore Vichare, the gardens department in November 2013 sent a showcause notice to the mill director.
The notice stated that trees in the plot allotted to the BMC for a recreational ground within the mill compound had died due to cement water being used for construction work. Till date, no reply has been received from the mill, said gardens department officials. “We also have not received the CD showing the trees planted in place of those felled,” said an official from the gardens department.
“I need to know why the authorities have not acted despite the mills not providing any explanation to the showcause notice,” said Vichare. Further, a letter seeking directions for action to be taken against the mill was sent to superintendent of gardens Prakash Khonde. However, the superintendent, who was present at the meeting Friday, said he did not remember the issue despite Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte asking him to look into it.