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Worli Tree Cutting Row: BJP Demands Action against “Gang”, BMC Mayor assures Action

The BMC Mayor also informed the media about a First Information Report (FIR) being registered by the civic body against the unknown persons behind the offence. She assured that necessary action has been initiated and that the accused will be brought to justice.

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Kishori Pednekar assures action against culprits in worli, worli tree cutting row
BMC Mayor Kishori Pednekar assures action against culprits of tree cutting in Worli

The Mayor of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Kishori Pednekar, reacted to BJP’s reprehension about cutting of trees in Mumbai’s Worli locality. On Sunday, June 6, Pednekar assured action against those who were behind this detestable act of cutting down around 25-30 trees in the Worli area.

The BMC Mayor also informed the media about a First Information Report (FIR) being registered by the civic body against the unknown persons behind the offence. She assured that necessary action has been initiated and that the accused will be brought to justice.

“Some trees have been cut down at Mahalakshmi. The Municipal Corporation has lodged an FIR against unknown persons. It is being said that the trees might have been felled to put up hoardings. Action will be taken against the accused” said BMC Mayor Pednekar, quoted by ANI. The BMC Mayor further stated that it is speculated that the trees were disturbing putting of hoardings and it is possible that the trees were brought down for it.

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Pednekar stated that a letter in this regard has been sent to the Railway administration to identify the culprits and assured for a strict action. She stated that cutting the trees without the permission of the civic body is an offence.

“The municipality has lodged an FIR alleging that small bushes were cut down by an unknown person. It is being speculated that the hoardings may be disturbed and the trees may have been cut down. A letter has been sent to the Railways in this regard and action will be taken after checking the cameras. Action will be taken against those who have been cut without the permission of the Municipal Corporation,” Pednekar assured while speaking to media, quoted ANI report.

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The incident became an inflammatory issue after the Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council, Pravin Darekar, condemned the cutting of 25-30 trees in the Worli area of Mumbai. Darekar, on Sunday, condemned the incident and termed it as a “shameful act” as the whole world celebrated World Environment Day on June 5, 2021.

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“It is a very shameful act that a day after celebrating World Environment Day, trees were cut down. Around 25-30 trees have been brought down in Worli. We condemn the act. We have come here to visit and take a note of the situation.” Darekar was quoted as saying in the report by ANI. As per BJP,  the act is committed by ones who put up illegal hoardings. BJP alleged that such rampant cutting of trees have taken place in Borivali, Andheri and Chowpatty localities.

BJP has demanded setting up of a special committee for investigation in the matter to unearth the truth and bring the alleged “gang” to justice.