Almost 10,509 trees are estimated to be cut down for the widening of the Mumbai-Goa highway on the 84km stretch of Panvel-Indapur highway in Maharashtra. Out of these, 5,462 trees have already been chopped off, but the State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil told the state in written on Thursday, “The state has also obtained necessary environmental clearance for the project. As per the agreement, the number of trees planted will be three times more than the trees being chopped off” he said.
The land on Panvel-Indapur stretch would need 217 heaters for the four lane conservation. The government proposal was struck down by the center, for constructing a road and a connecting tunnel to Indapur-Zarap stretch of the highway.
The government has also invited e-tenders for planting trees, about 1600 trees on the stretch of 91 km, between Aravali and Waked.