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Finally, BMC turns up to chop trees at Santacruz East society

Residents of a Santacruz East society are a relieved lot as civic authorities axe four dead trees in the building premises, following mid-day’s report

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally swung into action to remove the dead trees from the premises of Marble Arch Co-operative Housing Society in Santacruz East, after a report appeared in mid-day (‘BMC tells society its trees are dangerous, but doesn’t chop them, September 12).

BMC staffers take a look at the dangerous trees
BMC staffers take a look at the dangerous trees

On Saturday at around 12 pm, BMC staff members reached the society and started cutting the four trees that were declared dangerous by the civic authorities.

Tree trouble
Last month, H-West (Bandra, Santacruz) ward officers from the civic body’s tree department had visited the seven-storey Marble Arch Co-Operative Housing Society and surveyed the four trees in the premises.

They had declared them dead and dangerous. In order to prevent a mishap, the residents of the society had written an application to the BMC, asking for the trees to be chopped as their children play in the premises. The society members also park their vehicles in the compound. There are 14 flats in the society.

A resident of the society, Harmit Kaur approached the BMC ward office on August 28 with a written request to remove the trees. On September 5, a civic officer replied to the letter and told them to pay Rs 3,600 to get the trees axed.

“We were ready to pay the money. However, even after several phone calls, nobody from the civic body turned up to take action,” said Kaur.

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