Mumbai Metro to maintain 'Green Cover'

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Mumbai, Jan 18: Mumbai Metro One, which is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative for a MRTS project in India, is working in close coordination with the Tree Authority to arrive at a final decision on the number of trees that might hamper the construction work of the Mumbai Metro project.

As part of the intensive survey carried out by Mumbai Metro One along the Versova - Andheri - Ghatkopar corridor, the company identified trees that might hamper the construction of the project. A detailed report highlighting the number of trees along with location drawings has already been submitted to the Tree Authority.

based on directions of the Tree Authority, the ones that can be transplanted will be transplanted, for the others, new saplings will be planted at a different location that will be provided by MMRDA.

As per the guidelines of the Tree Authority, under which two new saplings are required to be planted for every tree being cut and cannot be transplanted, Mumbai Metro One as part of its responsibility towards Mumbaikars will not only undertake this tree plantation drive but also look after the maintenance of these trees for a period of 3 years, a release issued here yesterday said.

Speaking on the topic, Mumbai Metro One Director K P Maheshwari said, ''We have always been an environment conscious company. In order to make certain that our metro will be environment - friendly, we have undertaken a number of initiatives to ensure that the project is developed as per the best environment friendly global practices, sets benchmarks for Corporate Responsibility for protecting and promoting good environment practices.'' Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created to implement the Versova - Andheri - Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro corridor in Mumbai.


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