Even as the MCGM has taken almost no action against illegal hacking of trees, either by builders or individuals, it is all set to plant more than 10,000 trees during the monsoon. The civic body spoke on many of its ambitious plans to ensure that the green cover in the city is maintained. Both the Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and MCGM Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya announced the various schemes under which this would be implemented. While MCGM might not be taking action against builders or individuals indulging in illegal hacking of trees, it is all set to plant more than 10,000 trees this monsoon. In keeping with its annual ritual of planting trees, civic chief Swadheen Kshatriya said that this year the MCGM would plant 10,850 trees. Last year, the MCGM had planted 5,935 trees, of which 5,668 survived. Over the last five years, the MCGM planted 37,922 trees, of which officials claim, 37,349 trees survived. The maximum number of trees were planted in 2005-2006, when 10,161 trees were planted. However, the rate of survival was the lowest. This year, the MCGM will plant 7,376 trees in the western suburbs, 1,255 in the eastern suburbs and 2,219 in the island city. It plans to plant 1,475 trees in Andheri (W), 1,085 in Dahisar (W) and 2,125 in Goregaon. These will be the areas that will see the maximum number of trees being planted. The island city, including areas like VT, will see the least number of tree plantations. Apart from MCGM, various agencies such as MMRDA, BPT, BARC, MHADA, BEST, and MSEB will also plant trees. The MCGM also announced awards for societies and individuals who plant more trees. The civic body has budgeted Rs 2.5 crore as awards, of which Rs 10 lakh will be kept aside for every ward. This amount will be distributed to those who have planted maximum trees. With cameraperson Deepak Kamble, Nilofar Shaikh for NMTV News.
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