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Mumbai: 8,367 trees collapsed in 5 years, 19 on Friday alone

Just a few days after the monsoon set in, Mumbai streets have been littered with struck-down trees. According to the Disaster Management Cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), as many as 19 trees collapsed on Friday alone. Even as concretisation remains the primary reason behind tree collapse, activists believe repeated digging of roads and immature tree plantation were equally responsible.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to a detailed rain report by the BMC, approximately 8,367 trees collapsed between 2010 and 2015. “The numbers are high because the BMC does not have a concrete plan to save trees while working on roads. Frequent digging of roads for different projects has also hampered the growth of roots. Due to this, the trees grow weak and fall down during heavy showers,” said Abbas Kapasi, member of the Tree Committee.Environmental activist Abba Ranware said, “The BMC needs to identify infected or damaged trees and trim their branches to reduce the load on them. At present, trimming and cutting of trees is done in a haphazard manner.” Activists also suggested spreading awareness among citizens regarding the issue.Meanwhile, even as the Tree Committee members claim to have brought up the issue in their meetings several times, such mishaps continue to happen. “We have discussed planned cutting and trimming, along with sensitising people on contacting the BMC when they locate a weak tree. The plan has not been completely implemented,” said Tree Committee member Nandu Vichare.He added, “Saplings are planted and then forgotten. They are not nurtured, resulting in weak growth. It is not the responsibility of the BMC alone. Citizens can participate by using the free manure distributed by the BMC and by planting local species.”

Haji Ali row: Will not let Trupti Desai enter, say protestors

After spearheading a successful campaign for women’s right to worship in temples, Bhumata Brigade founder Trupti Desai is expected to reach the Haji Ali Dargah with her ‘Haji Ali Dargah Sab Ke Liye Forum’ soon.The trust members along with the police are ready to control any situation that may arise due to the protest. On the other hand, there are also protesters ready to stop Trupti Desai from entering the ‘mazhar’, if not peacefully, then with force. “I have no problem even if I am arrested for stopping Trupti Desai from breaking rules and hurting sentiments of another religion. We will be there when she comes at the mosque, ready with paint to blacken her face if she forcefully tries to enter and break the rules of this 1400-year-old religion,” said Haji Rafat Husain, MIM chief. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Along with him is the Samajwadi Party’s Ruksana Siddiqui, ready with a gang of women to stop Trupti from entering the mazhar. “We will stop her with physical force if needed,” she said. The women stressed on the point that Desai needs to understand the religion, study their books and understand the reasons. “Women are not forced to stay out. We do it out of our understanding of our religion. We will not let her go inside,” she added.
ALSO READ Haji Ali row: Trupti Desai asks Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir Khan to lend support for women’s entryAlthough Desai told Iamin over the phone that her protest would be peaceful and that she would not enter the mazhar, many protestors are ready to retaliate against her even before she reaches Mumbai. “I will not go inside the mazhar. We are only protesting peacefully,” she said.Police and the trust handling the crowd outside refused to comment on the issue.

Pune: PMPML bus mows down 26-year-old woman

A 26-year-old woman on Monday died on the spot after her bike was hit by a PMPML bus in Pune city of Maharashtra.The incident took place at Manekbaug road after the bus driver allegedly hit the woman’s Activa.The victim has been identified as Supriya Shilmakar and according to her identity card, she is a resident of Dhayari.”The woman succumbed to injuries on the spot. We will be filing a case against the driver,” said police inspector NV Jadhav from Sinhgad Road Police station.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police inspector also said that they have informed the victim’s relatives and further investigation is on.

FTII students manhandled and detained by police yet again

The banners put up by the students are being removed by the staff before arrival of Chauhan. Students sit in the institution premises with black bands to continue protest while their fellow students are detained. The students were given a notice last night by the police that if they agitate they would have to face actions.

Anvi Mehta

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