Three injured after banyan tree crashes on them in Chembur

Updated: Nov 08, 2019, 08:16 IST | A correspondent | Mumbai

Roots of tree in Chembur were found badly decayed, resulting in the fall

This picture has been used for representational purpose
This picture has been used for representational purpose

Two children and a man were injured after a tree at Pestom Sagar Road in Chembur come crashing on them on Thursday afternoon. The decayed roots of the tree were the reason for the tree-fall. One child is currently under treatment at a hospital while the other two were allowed to go home.

The Banyan tree was at the side of Pestom Sagar Road No 6 where a gutter runs alongside. The tree collapsed around 12.30 pm after its decayed roots could no longer hold it up. There are slums on both sides of the road.

"The BMC pruned the tree during the monsoon. But as it was lush green, no one noticed that the roots were decaying," said a BMC officer.

Two children, Vikas Pandit, 10, and Mahesh Patharkar, 7, and a man, Shivaji Londhe, 55, were injured in the accident. All three were rescued by the public and sent to the nearby Rajawadi civic hospital. Vikas has a head and face injury. He has admitted in casualty ward for treatment. Mahesh, too, has a head injury. Doctors had given him stitches and sent him home. Londhe has a hidden injury, he too was sent home.

"Sometimes even though the roots are decayed, if the water table under the ground remains high, the tree continues to look green and healthy," said an assistant superintendent, BMC. He said the tree was at the side of a gutter so it could be a reason behind the roots decaying.

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