to cut 121 trees on this small road
mmrda is making veera desai road into a 90-feet road without
approval by citizens. this is a purely residential road with 3 schools,
2 temples, a bank, tons of school children waiting for school buses
all day long as well as pensioners going about their daily chores.
mmrda wants to cut 121 trees on this
small road. we have given an alternate plan- saving the trees, and
using them as a natural divider for a cyclists lane. mmrda dismissed
the need for a cyclists lane in bombay. then we said it could be
a bus lane or a 2 and 3 wheeler lane. they
are not interested,
we met the traffic police, and showed
them our plan. no response.
Once the road is widened, there will be no space for residents car
parking, as bldg compounds are being acquired for the road
widening. They want to make it part of their dahisar to bandra link
road. We have suggested they make it one-way only. No response to
that too. The tree authority, thanks to pressure formus, hasn't
yet given permission to cut the trees. But they have informally
told mmrda to go ahead.
We will go to court to save our trees, because this ``development''
is at the cost of our lives.
Can u help?
Response to MMRDA to cut
121 trees on this small road
Mrs. Rekha Vijay Ajgaonkar,
Advance Locality Management (ALM),
Veera Desai Rd.)
A-10, Aparna, Veera Desai Road,
Mumbai 400 058.
The Municipal Commissioner,
Brihan Mumbai Mahanagar Palika,
Mumbai Palika Building,
C.S.T. Mumbai - 400 001.
January 26, 2005.
Saving the fully grown trees while widening the Veera Desai Road
It is painful to know that about 120 fully grown up trees are
expected to be hacked for widening Veera Desai Road.
These trees provide good shade, attract different birds and certainly
help in keeping down pollution in our area. The trees
are indeed pride of Veera Desai Road.
The residents are not against widening the road - this is no doubt
a need of the hour. However, we would wish you to explore
possibilities of saving the trees while widening the road.
We appreciate that, knowing the earlier experience, re-plantation
benefits only the contractors. May we therefore give two
1) Modification of road design. It is
understood that trees lining up the eastern side of the Road are
likely to face an axe. If so, a minor modification in the
plan could help save the trees.
i) Divide the eastern side
in two lanes - the first lane would adjoin the footpath and would
be relatively smaller, earmarked for two and three wheelers.
The first lane would be followed by a space left for the existing
trees. The second lane would adjoin this space and would
be reserved for four wheelers.
To make it convenient to accommodate bus stops and for buses to
stop, the space in between two trees could be narrowed at the
desired spots - please have look at the drawing appended to the
ii) If it is felt that, as a consequence, the
space on the eastern side of the road would be comparatively smaller,
the space on the western side could be adjusted accordingly.
2) Planting of new trees: No doubt, you
would be planting new trees if saving of the existing trees is
not possible. Could you consider the possibility of planting
relatively grown up trees, nurtured by nurseries?
This would help accelerate greening up the road.