Yogesh Kute, geo manager, SAAR agency, who is working on the survey said, “We have been surveying the city’s trees for the past five months.We are working in four different zones, out of which we have completed collecting data on 2.5 lakh trees in the Shivajinagar area. Now, we will be moving on to Aundh. Around 60 people, who have completed their bachelors or masters in botany, are involved in the effort.“
Currently, the agency has been surveying trees in Yerwada, Hingane, Hadapsar and Aundh. “We require five minutes to upload the information to the database. However, there needs to be awareness among people about the survey; so, we have to share information about it. It will also help in early completion of the survey if PMC advertises about it,“ Kute further said. In 2007 to 2011, the civic body had conducted a manual survey with different agencies, based on which the administration claimed that there are around 38 lakh trees in the city. Now, PMC has to include the Yewalewadi villages as it has been merged in the corporation’s jurisdiction.
In 2013, PMC had conducted a pilot project using geographic information system (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS) within limited areas such as Agharkar Research Institute, Ayurvedic Rasashala on Karve Road and Sambhaji Park.
On September 20, 2013, while issuing an order on the plea of city-based petitioner Deepak Balkrishna Vahikar, Bombay HC said, “PMC shall take necessary steps to effectuate this directive to ensure that the tree census is completed, adopting modern technology in a digitised framework with geo-tagging. A census of the existing trees has to be conducted within the administration’s jurisdiction once before December 1996 and thereafter once in every five years.“
Source : Mirror