Civic body to file police complaint against NM management institute
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will file a police complaint against the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) for allegedly damaging trees on its premises on purpose while redeveloping the college building.
Shree Vileparle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM), which runs the college, had obtained a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Tree Authority of the BMC on May 14, 2010 to redevelop the college building.
The NOC was given as no trees were coming in the way of construction of the proposed building and required that the existing 31 trees on the plot must be preserved as they are and requisite number of new trees must be planted as per the norms at the said plot.
However, after the construction began, many of the 31 palm trees, which lined the periphery of the building, were found to have dried up.
Having noticed the dead trees, Akhil Chitre, a former student, complained to the K-west ward office of the BMC alleging that the trees had been purposely damaged.
"It is impossible for some 25 trees to die around the same time of natural causes. It has been purposely done because the trees would obstruct the view of the building and would also cause space constraints on the premises. If the tree is dead, you can get permission from the Tree Authority to cut it down," said Chitre.
Officials at the K-west ward office said SVKM has put an application to the Tree Authority for permission to cut down the trees as they are dead and dangerous and could fall on anyone but the permission has not yet been given.
After repeated complaints to both the police and the K-west ward office, Chitre's March 29 complaint was responded to.
Based on this complaint, an official of the K-west ward office conducted two site inspections of the premises with the latest in May and prepared a factual report.
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