Lodha’s Innovative Tech Summit: Malabar Hill Reservoir Tree Hacking Solutions

Meeting Organized to Address Concerns Around Malabar Hill Reservoir Tree Hacking

In a bid to increase the water supply strength of South Mumbai, the Municipal Corporation has proposed the removal and replanting of trees to enhance the capacity of the Malabar Hill Reservoir in the Hanging Garden area. The project aims to increase the reservoir’s capacity from 147.78 million liters to 191 million liters, benefiting several areas including Nariman Point, Cuffe Parade, Churchgate, Colaba, Girgaon, Nepean Sea Road, and the entire stretch of Malabar Hill.

The project, which was approved by the Civic Standing Committee in February 2022, is estimated to cost Rs 698.50 crores. However, the work on the new tank has been delayed due to the need to remove several trees obstructing the project. The BMC is currently awaiting approval from the Tree Authority to cut down the trees.

A survey conducted by civic officials identified 389 trees at the site, with a proposal to remove 189 trees and transplant 200 others. However, local residents of Malabar Hill have objected to the large-scale felling of trees, expressing concerns about the environmental impact.

In response to the concerns, Guardian Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha has organized a meeting on Tuesday for citizens and activists to discuss the proposal. The meeting aims to address the objections raised by the residents and find a solution that balances the need for increased water supply with environmental preservation.

The project, which is expected to be completed in the next seven years, will undergo phased construction to minimize disruption to the area. The reservoir’s reconstruction is crucial to ensure a reliable water supply to the densely populated South Mumbai region.

Overall, the meeting organized by Guardian Minister Lodha reflects the importance of considering environmental concerns while implementing infrastructure projects. It highlights the need for sustainable solutions that balance the demands of development with the preservation of natural resources.