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Rough Minutes

January 10 2006

Subject- Gardens and Trees


3.30 pm karmayog office

Total members present (8)


Information needed

  1. Information on exhibitions regularly held by BMC and other institutions (Can be put on website)
  2. List of NGOs working on the issue (Can be put on website)
  3. How much space is available for tree plantation in Mumbai etc. (data already available on website)


Organizations can play role in following activities;

  • Plantation of Trees
    • Suggest proper Tree spots
    • Provide appropriate trees
    • Work as tree guards
  • Monitoring
    • NGOs and green guards can work for monitoring of newly planted areas
  • Policy framing
    • A core committee can be formed comprising members of NGO Council and experts to frame appropriate policy


5.00 pm BMC

Total Members present (14)


Information received on the specific issue of making Mumbai as a green city:


Q: How to identify Identification of areas where trees can be planted

A: There are 3 zonal officers in Mumbai; Byculla (City), Andheri (Western suburb)

and Mulund (Eastern suburb)

These officers can help in identification of places. Entire plot can be converted to a mini forest.

More information can be gathered from Navy, Army, Central railways etc. because they possess huge lands


Q: What is the adoption policy for Gardens?

A: Garden can be adopted by NGO, corporate or a local community.

     Permission for construction is only upto 10/10 sq. m (For chawky)

     Plants, shrubs, trees can be planted

  Once adopted it is the responsibility of concerned institution to take entir4e care of garden

There are restrictions on number of boards or hoarding to be put

Preference is given to local representatives


Q: Concept of colony garden?

A: Municipal gardens can be taken by a colony or residential association for maintenance.

Corporation will provide expenditure upto 75%

Water Rs. 3/ Lit

Street light expenditure by BMC

Encouraging rain water harvesting And Bore wells


Q: Why there are restrictions on advertising in gardens?

A: Local person should be involved in maintaining gardens.


Additional Information received from BMC officials on following topics:


1 Beautification of Islands

Permission for tree plantation and beautification- Chief Engineer (Roads)

Implementation- Assistant commissioner of wards


2 Policy for cutting dangerous or protruding or dead trees:

Application to Assistant commissioner of wards

Horticulture Assistant of ward

Inspection by both

Recommendation for the branches to be cut

Asst. spdt. Of gardens visits site

If he is convinced, then site is shown to one of the members of tree authority

If both are convinced, then spdt. Of gardens sends papers to Municipal commissioner

Permission is granted and papers are maintained by dy Spdt. Of gardens

Time limit: 60 days


3. According to new rules every plot should have 100 sq. m. space for trees plus 100 sq. m. space for recreation ground


4. Road development-

Now it is mandatory to submit a plant project before road construction


5. How to get permission for tree plantation


Important issues raised:

Issue of Balanced landscaping was raised. One felt that too many trees are also not good. Every garden should not be a forest. Open and accessible public spaces are important.


Radical views emerged:

A separate water pipeline for gardens


What should be the role of NGO council? Opinion of BMC official:

Tree authority and Tree Act plays an important role in conservation and protection of trees. However there are no rules and regulations for implementation of the Act. Government is working on the same with legal department, it will be passed by both the houses.

NGO council has to play crucial role in framing rules and regulations. It has to work with Urban Development department.



Need for policy framing was accepted by all.

At the end of the session, a core team was formed as a first step towards this goal.


Members of core team:

 From those present:

Mr. Rajendra Agarwal- (Chief Coordinator) with Vinay and Tanya

Mr. Tushar Desai, Rose Society

Mr. Mark Sheehy (Clean Air Island)

Mr. Rishi Agarwal, MESN


Other Names suggested:

Dr. A.D. Sawant- (Resource Person)

Mr. Nandu Nair

Mr. Avinash Kubal

Ms. Pirojsha Godrej

Mr. V. A. Roda

Others from BNHS, etc.

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