Pune, 7th May 2023: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has planned to cut down around 6,000 trees along the Mula and Mutha rivers passing through the city to pave the way for the river improvement project. Seeing the opposition towards the proposed cutting of trees, the PMC will send a report in this regard to the state government to take a final decision.
Under the River Revival Project, the PMC is going to develop both banks of the Mula-Mutha River passing through the center of the city. The river will be deepened by pitching about 44 km along the river bank.
Also, parks, small fields, jogging tracks, cycle tracks, and recreational centers will be made on the banks of the river, and tree plantation will be done on a large scale. For this, the tender process is being implemented in a phased manner. In some places, the silt in the river will be removed. A boating facility will also be provided between Sangam Bridge and Bund Garden Bridge.
While doing these works, this project is going to be implemented by taking care that the flood line and the environment will not be violated anywhere and also by taking the permissions of all the departments related to the environment. This is a project worth around Rs 4,700 crore.
The Municipal Corporation has planned to cut down 6,000 trees along the Mula and Mutha rivers passing through the city to facilitate the project. In protest against this decision, environmentalists returned the municipal award, they also carried out the Chipko movement.
Hence, while there is opposition to the proposed cutting of trees for the implementation of the river revitalization project, the PMC is going to send a report on the matter to the state government to take a final