Vinod Jain, an activist, said, “Each group will take the responsibility to save the trees from being hacked every night. We have decided to continue the protest as after our night patrolling, the PMC attempted to hack trees the subsequent morning. Now, during the day, residents of Kasturba Vasahat will be keeping vigilance.And, at night, we will take charge of the situation.“
These activists have started their late-night demonstration from Friday, April 7, as many old neem trees are being hacked by the PMC. Several nature lovers and environmental organisations have extended their support to the cause, including Vruksham, Ban er-Balewadi Residents’ Association, Aundh Citizen Group, Nigdi Dehu Road Nature Group, Green Pune, Vasundhara Swachhata Abhiyan, Nagari Chetana Manch, and so on.
Sangram Jagdale, another nature lover, shared, “Everybody will spend few hours to save the trees, so that the responsibility is equally shared.“
Activists from Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Kolhapur and Satara have expressed their willingness to join the protest and are expected to join the movement from Monday.
Swapna Narayan, member of the Baner-Balewadi Residents’ Association, said, “We will continue with our agitation till the authorities withdraw the decision of tree cutting. We have gone through the legal norms, and no law allows tree cutting during night hours. The PMC officers must be punished for this.“
Source : TOI