Mahim residents protest hacking of bamboos, trees
MUMBAI: Bamboos have no protection under the tree protection act as they are actually a species of grass, residents of a housing colony in Mahim recently found out.
Residents of Marinagar Colony in Mahim have filed complaints with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) tree department wherein they complained that more than 100 fully-grown bamboos and four trees have been hacked at a redevelopment site by a builder.
The predominantly Catholic housing colony located opposite Mahim station consists two sets of residential buildings. The bamboo and trees were growing in gardens located between the buildings, said residents. “The property is owned by St Michael’s church and the five buildings other than the two housing complexes were built by the private builder. Apart from hacking the bamboo, the builders cut four big trees and poured acid on a few so that the trees would die,” said AM Sodder, secretary, Our Lady of Vailankanni and Perpetual Succour Cooperative Housing Society.
Another resident, Dominic Fernandes, 70, said after trimming the trees, the branches and leaves were not picked up. “When we objected, people employed by the builder harassed us,” he said.