Projects in Mumbai now will be having horticulturist

By Accommodation Times News Service

The BMC from now onwards has make it mandatory for the developers/builders to have a horticulturist on their discussion panel so that the plans are scrutinized and formed properly to avoid tree falling and thus help maintain the city’s green cover. The civic body’s guideline is also stating that the horticulturists should ensure that trees that are transplanted have to survive.  The BMC will be forming a committee with the officials to see every plan. One of the officials said, after acquiring several permissions the architects are reluctant to incorporate any change in the designs if suggested by the garden department officials. Hence, they resort to pressure tactics to get the NOC. We want to reduce that and hence the committee has been appointed so that in case changes need to be made to save a few trees from being cut, they can be done right at the start of the procedure. Adding further he said, the BMC will appoint contractors to take care of the transplanted trees and the money spent on nurturing them will be taken from the developers.

Tree authority official said, We receive tree felling proposals from the administration department and only approve them after due diligence. We have noticed that the rule for replantation was not being observed. As a result, we have lost countless trees to construction. The balance of nature is being eroded. Citizens blame corporators if trees are hacked unnecessarily, so we are cautious about each permission we grant.”

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