- Published: 01 February 2020
Smart City Project special purpose vehicle Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has sought permission to cut 139 trees for construction of five roads in Smart City Project area. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) tree officer has issued a public notice on Friday inviting suggestions and objections on NSSCDCL application despite trees cannot be cut and need to be transplanted for road works as per The Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Preservation of Trees Act, 1975.
NMC garden superintendent Amol Chorpagar has continued to issue public notice in the capacity of Tree Officer despite advocate Ankita Shah registering strong objection. Shah, in a notice to the civic chief, said Chorpagar was of superintendent rank and Tree Officer should be of rank of assistant commissioner or above as per The Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Preservation of Trees Act, 1975.
As per the notice, 68 trees will be cut for the road proposed from Saduru Factory, Navin Nagar to Bhavani Hospital in Pardi, 33 trees for the road from the entrance gate of Shree Bhavani Mata Mandir, Punapur to Bharatwada road, 29 trees for Bhandara national highway to Punapur road, 6 trees for Bharatwada road to Navkanya Nagar and 3 trees for road going towards Navkanya Nagar.
The NMC is constructing roads with a length of 52km in Smart City Project area covering Pardi, Punapur, Bharatwada and Bhandewadi in East Nagpur. The roads are being constructed under tenderSURE concept in which NSSCDCL will construct roads along with all types of amenities like streetlight, storm water drain, sewage network, footpath, road-divider, duct for laying cables, cycling track etc at the cost of around Rs 650 crore.
NSSCDCL had appointed Mumbai-based Shapoorji Pallonji Group for execution of the works. Already, the firm has started works.
After series of protests, the NMC in association with state’s public works department and MahaMetro had dropped plan to construct road through Bharat Van. The road was proposed at the cost of 558 trees. Axe is still hanging over 1,000 trees situated at Empress Van as the Maharashtra State Textile Corporation had proposed to construct road and develop textile and commercial shops on its sprawling land situated in front of Empress Mall and Gandhisagar lake.
Autor(en)/Author(s): Anjaya Anparthi
Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 25.01.2020