The mercury may be dipping in Mumbai while the rains slashed the city, but the work for the cash strapped Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has risen with apportioning of Rs 1.25 crore on transporting trees that fall or are cut during the monsoon as per a proposal passed by the Tree Authority.
A proposal to appoint contractors for the job was passed during a meeting of the Tree Authority. The practice of awarding contracts to transport fallen trees started in 2005. The sum of Rs 1.25 crore will be spent only on the western and eastern suburbs. Nine wards in the island city will get less than Rs 5 lakh each for it. Twenty-seven trees have collapsed in pre-monsoon showers in the last two days. Five of these were in the island city, three in the eastern suburbs and 19 in the western suburbs. The contract to collect and transport these trees is valid only for five months and the contractors have to provide two trucks for every ward and depute sufficient manpower.