BMC, on Wednesday, hit back at the accusations of negligence in trimming dangerous trees at city’s private places. An incident, on Saturday, claimed a citizen, Yash Desai’s life when a tree on his society premises fell on him. The family of Desai accused BMC for the loss of Desai’s life. Refuting the accusation, the civic body claimed that it had sent the permission to around 4000 societies to trim the ‘dangerous trees’ in their premises to avoid any untoward incidents to happen. The civic body has also approached Juhu police now to take action against the society for their inaction to their notice. The society, however, claims to have trimmed the tree but does not know about the complaint to the Juhu police station. “We had trimmed the tree as soon as we got permission from BMC. As of now, we have no official communication of the BMC complaint,” said Nilesh Shah, Chairman of the society, quoted Times of India.
The victim in the matter is a 50-year old Chartered Accountant, a resident of Jeevan Sudha Housing Society in Andheri, who was leaving to meet a relative along with his wife when the tree fell on him. The victim died subsequently and this raised anger among the victim’s family against the negligence from the civic body. Along with the family of victim, the local activists have also held BMC responsible for this untoward death.
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An activist, Zoru Buthena, also held BMC responsible for Desai’s death and accused the civic body for negligence in the matter. “The law allows civic officials to enter any private premises to trim trees that pose danger and recover the cost from the property owner,” said Buthena. Accusing BMC in Desai’s death, Buthena added, “In the Andheri case, the BMC failed to do so. Now, there is no need to put the blame on the society…the BMC is short-staffed to inspect all trees and so, randomly sends notices so in case there’s an incident, they have a defence,” Similarly, on Wednesday, Ramesh Korgaonkar of Shiv Sena who is also a member of Civic Standing Committee members, said that BMC should take responsibility of trimming not only the trees at public places but also at private places. “The BMC encourages citizens to plant trees on their premises, so it should also take the responsibility of trimming them,” said Korgaonkar.
After receiving the complaint of action on Jeevan Sudha Housing Society, the Juhu police are yet to decide for their course of action on the complaint.
(With inputs from Times of India)