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Mumbai’s Malabar Hill Reservoir Project Faces Opposition Over Tree Removal

Mumbai’s Guardian Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha has called for a meeting with citizens and activists to address concerns surrounding the proposed removal and replanting of trees for the Malabar Hill Reservoir Project. The project aims to increase the reservoir’s capacity from 147.78 million liters to 191 million liters, enhancing the water supply strength of South Mumbai. However, the need to remove several trees for the project has sparked objections from local residents.

The Malabar Hill Reservoir Project, estimated to cost Rs 698.50 crores, was approved by the Civic Standing Committee in February 2022. The project’s reconstruction was prompted by a structural audit of the reservoir in 2019. The work will be carried out in phases and is expected to be completed within the next seven years.

The BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) is awaiting approval from the Tree Authority to cut down the trees obstructing the project. A survey conducted by civic officials identified 189 trees for removal, while 200 others will be transplanted. The proposed felling of trees has raised concerns among local residents who value the green cover in the area.

In response to the objections, Guardian Minister Lodha has organized a joint meeting between residents and BMC officers at the BMC headquarters. The meeting aims to address the concerns raised by citizens and activists and find a solution that balances the need for increased water supply with environmental preservation.

The Malabar Hill Reservoir Project is expected to benefit several areas in South Mumbai, including Nariman Point, Cuffe Parade, Churchgate, Colaba, Girgaon, Nepean Sea Road, and the entire stretch of Malabar Hill. The increased capacity of the reservoir will help strengthen the water supply infrastructure in these areas.

As the project moves forward, it will be important to consider alternative solutions that minimize the impact on the environment while meeting the water supply needs of the city. Balancing the demands of development and sustainability is crucial for the long-term well-being of Mumbai and its residents.