What we call it as an inimical act against environment and to save the vested interest trees in city were destroyed by pouring acid on them or injecting mercury in their trunk. In this way, more than 200 trees are killed in various parts of the city so far.Acid is poured if the trees are smaller while mercury used for killing bigger trees. Recently a big tree was destroyed overnight at Laxminagar.
The objective of annihilating the tree is to enhance the appeal of advertising hoardings. As per information, similar fashion, eight trees were burnt down on hockey ground opposite Hislop college.Shrikant Deshpande who is fighting against illegal felling of trees said that he has strengthened the voice of environmentalists against illegal cutting of trees. Meanwhile he said that he lodged a complaint with the Garden Department of NMC.However, no action was taken. He also warned of filing a petition in the court against the practice. He also alleged that NMC is aware of this ill-advised method of cutting trees. But no action has been taken against them following political influence used by advertising agencies.