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 practical
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 letter.
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.