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Petition to Shri Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Stop the rampant illegal tree cutting in Pimpri Chinchwad

Shri Aaditya Uddhav ThackerayHon. Minister for Environment & Climate ChangeGovernment of Maharashtra Dear Sir, We would like to bring to your attention the illegal practice of tree cutting, tree trimming happening in Pimpri Chinchwad since many years. Such instances have been reported by various citizens and NGOs to PCMC on a regular basis but there has been no substantive action till date and the illegal practice continues unabated with officials and contractors turning a blinds eye to the complaints by citizens. The Indian Constitution Article 51-A (g), says that “It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures. As per Environment Protection Act 1986 it is the obligation of the state to provide a healthy environment to the citizens and redress injuries to trees. The Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975 Section 2(c) recognises that any act of burning,cutting or damaging tree as tree cutting and therefore trimming,pruning of tree which involves cutting of branches or part of tree or any act injurious to tree as tree felling.  As custodian of the law ,the Tree Authority of PCMC is required to file a FIR against the culprits for illegal tree trimming,cutting. For any kind of such harm caused to the trees "The Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975 " stipulates punishment on conviction with a fine of not less than Rs 1,000 which may extend up to Rs 5,000 for every offence and also with imprisonment for a term of not less than one week which may extend up to one year.  Despite multiple meetings by citizens and NGOs with all concerned officials in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation the practice of illegal trimming and cutting of trees continues. We citizens of Pimpri Chinchwad therefore appeal to you as our Hon Minister of Environment and Climate Change to intervene in this matter and order a state government led enquiry into the illegal tree trimming,tree cutting,investigate the role of officials,contractors and take most severe action against those responsible for violations of the law. Thanking you, Mission Save Trees Maharashtra - Pimpri Chinchwad Chapter 

Mission Save Trees Maharashtra
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Petition to Chief Minister, Maharashtra, Saurabh Rao, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Modi


हे निवेदन मराठीत वाचण्यासाठी क्लिक करा  We, the undersigned, believe that Pune should be a model for sustainable development. After our careful, in-depth study of the proposed HCMTR project with inputs from experts on traffic/transportation, urban planning, heritage conservation, ecology, geology etc. it is clear that the project goes against all principles of sustainable development. The High Capacity Mass Transit route (HCMTR), proposed in 1987 DP was a rail and bus public transport solution to bypass the city as it existed then, 30 years ago. The proposed HCMTR is a 36 Km elevated six lane ROAD passing over 34 junctions through the city, with only two lanes for public transport (BRTS) and FOUR lanes for private 4-wheelers (2/3 wheelers and cycles are NOT allowed), with project cost of Rs 5200 crores. The HCMTR project is a misguided attempt in development that will only end up benefiting 4-wheeler private vehicles at great cost to Pune's environment.  We, the citizens of Pune, request you to scrap the HCMTR project, for the following reasons:  1.       The very objective of HCMTR as notified under the Pune Development Plan is not being followed: As per the 1987 DP, the HCMTR is proposed as a "rail based' mass transportation system. As per the 2007 DP, notified in 2018, “The route is proposed to be used only for operating the mass transportation system”. However, the Tender document issued in February 2019 is for 24m wide road, with two lanes for BRTS and FOUR for private 4-wheelers. How did the PMC change the purpose of the HCMTR from a mass transportation rail-based route to a road with 2/3rd space for private vehicles? #HCMTR 2.       HCMTR alignment based on a 1983 traffic study  by MTP (Railways): We all know how Pune has changed over the last 30 years. The urgent need of the hour is a good public transport system that suits current and projected work flow needs. Many open areas on the route as planned in 1987 are now built up or congested. There are conflicts with the Metro lines and flyovers at Paud-Phata and the University which did not exist in 1987 DP. Why is a 1987 plan being forced on Pune in 2019?  3.        Current proposal with 4 lanes for private 4 wheelers goes against National Urban Planning policy and the spirit of Smart Cities: The National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) 2014, the draft Maharashtra State Urban Transport Policy 2017 and Pune’s Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP, 2008, aims to reduce use of personal motor vehicles from 55% today to 10%) – all state that urban transport should “move people, not vehicles” and that private vehicle use should be discouraged. HCMTR does just the opposite. With 4 out of 6 lanes reserved only for private 4wheelers, this project will encourage people to use cars, very soon even the elevated road will be congested by "induced demand". For sustainable traffic management, PMC should concentrate on building infrastructure to increase ridership on Metro, upgrade the PMPML system, properly maintain the Rainbow BRT infrastructure and ensure high frequency of buses. #SmartPune #SmartCity 4.       HCMTR will destroy valuable water recharge zones in the city: Ground water will play in critical role in building water security for Pune in the face of population pressures and changing monsoon patterns. Nearly a third of Pune's watersheds have their catchment sources in the Vetal - Hanuman tekdi - Chatushringi complex! These catchments include some of the largest natural recharge zones in the city - including large parts of 3 to 4 out of the 5 aquifer systems that constitute the mainstay of Pune's groundwater. When Maharashtra is reeling under the worst drought in decades, Pune's ground water is coming under severe stress from an extraction of the order of 3 to 4 TMC annually, it becomes imperative to protect these tekdis as 'groundwater recharge sanctuaries' and oppose any development projects that will destroy key natural recharge sites and parts of the aquifers themselves. PMC aims to make Pune as “Jalyukt Shahar”. Achieving this goal is only possible if our hills and their biodiversity are preserved. For this, projects like HCMTR must be rejected.#JanShakti4JalShakti 5.       Destruction of Forests and Green Space in the center of the city: HCMTR will destroy more than 7 hectares of Reserved Forest land, nearly 2000 mature trees will be felled, destroying hill slopes. This wanton destruction of ecologically sensitive zones is against the Constitutional mandate placed on PMC to preserve the environment -see Articles 48-A, 51-A(g) and Article 243 ZE of the Constitution, the last one specifies planning to include “integrated development of infrastructure and environmental conservation”. All developed cities have huge green and open spaces in the city centre, just like our tekdis, that play a vital role in mitigating ‘heat island’ effect, act as carbon sinks and reduce air and noise pollution. Our tekdis enhance the quality of life of residents by providing free, open area for recreation and exercise. Note, Pune's tekdis are green because of common people's participation in social forestry and should be protected as community spaces and Natural Heritage sites for future generations. #UrbanForests 6. Immeasurable loss of community lives and heritage: 34% of the route is in private hands, acquisition is estimated to cost PMC Rs. 2,452 crores! Add to that cost, is the immeasurable suffering to citizens who are losing their homes and livelihoods across the city, along with Pune's heritage e.g. in Chaturshringi Angalvasti, Parvati Nandan Ganpati Temple, Vadgaon Sheri, Bopodi, Dhanashree Society,  etc.  We therefore request you to scrap the HCMTR project. For sustainable development, PMC should actively discourage use of private vehicles and promote public transport options for Punekars, by focusing on efficient Metro and PMPML services.

Sumita Kale
6,632 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Karnataka State Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar, Jual Oram, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Ms Uma Bharati, Union Minister for Home, National Human Rights Commission, Shri Siddaramaiah, Dr. G. Parameshwara, Shri Ramanath Rai, Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights, Karnataka State Minister for Transport, Karnataka State Minister for Transport, Karnataka State Minister for Tourism, Prime Minister


TWO RAILWAY TRACKS ARE BEING PUSHED INTO KODAGU (COORG), WHICH IS THE MAIN RIVER CATCHMENT AREA FOR THE CAUVERY. 1 - The Thalaserry- Kutta- Mysuru railway. 2 - The Mysuru- Kushalnagar- Madikeri- Mangaluru railway. WHY THIS IS A BAD IDEA: Implementing two railway tracks will involve the cutting of lakhs of trees in this rain catchment, Cauvery-creating region. Kodagu already lost 54,000 trees for a high-tension power line to Kerala, as a result of which the temperature increased and the water holes here dried up. Kodagu's tree cover makes it the Water Tank of Bengaluru, and the IT City, it is already predicted, will be unliveable in three to four decades. This is a clear prediction of the IISc. In a rain catchment area, less trees over time, leads to less rain & less river. And finally, no river. The Cauvery river has already reduced in volume by 40% over the last 50 years.In fact, the river dries up completely in Tamil Nadu and does not reach the sea any more. 70% of the inflow into the KRS reservoir in Mysuru is believed to be from Kodagu District. The River Cauvery is the lifeline of South India and provides water to over 80 million (8 crore) people, and 600 major industries across the region. It is therefore in the National Interest to preserve the Kodagu ecology. The food, water and economic security of Southern Karnataka and Tamil Nadu hinges largely on the Cauvery River. In Karnataka, these regions include the citizens and farmers of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya and Kodagu. And in Tamil Nadu it covers the districts of Salem, Erode, Trichy, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam. Simply put, no trees in Coorg means no River Cauvery. Every tree holds 30,000 to 40,000 litres of water, its roots release water underground to form tiny streams, and its leaves give off moisture into the air to create humidity that invites rain from passing clouds. Four road-widening projects to National Highway and State Highway standards is also planned and will cut lakhs more trees. A HIGH DEGREE OF HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT ALREADY EXISTS Due to the overall loss of trees, the water sources in the forests have dried up. They come alive briefly during the monsoons and die again even before summer sets in properly. With little foliage to eat, the elephants are found as often in the estates as in the forest. Human-elephant conflict has taken many lives, and people live in fear WHY WOULD THE GOVT INSIST ON PUTTING TWO RAILWAY TRACKS INTO KODAGU, WHEN THERE IS NO REAL NEED FOR THEM? LET US LOOK AT BOTH THE TRACKS: FIRST, THE KUSHALNAGAR TRACK The Kushalnagar track was declared not financially viable. The small population of Kodagu and the potential traffic of customers and goods, do not call for a railway track. The track is apparently being pushed through despite protests by the people, for the money that politicians can make from the railway contracts, and the timber money from the tree cutting that will be done. The timber lobby could be a driving force behind this track. A false narrative is being built of the track stopping at the border of Kodagu in Kushalnagar. But an RTI has clearly revealed that the track will go to Makkandur 4 km near Madikeri. So verbal assurances from politicians should not be accepted, as they may not be in power when the decision to take the track to Madikeri is made. It will also go on to Mangaluru from Madikeri. The excuse of promoting tourism is being given by the Govt, but the truth is the Coorg landscape has reached saturation in tourism. There are already too many resorts and home stays, and stinking piles of garbage are lining many of the roads. Road connectivity is already very good, and more mass tourism from the railways will kill the District's ecology.  Another excuse given by the Government is that the coffee grown here can be sent by train to Mangalore port, but the fact is that coffee is already being despatched by road, quite efficiently and economically. Hassan District has railway connectivity, and they have not benefited noticeably from it. Some argue that Hunsur has the right to get a railway track and that if Kodagu says no to the railway, it will affect Hunsur. That is easily solved, KR Nagar is just 21 km away by road and it is already connected by railway. A track can be created from KR Nagar to Hunsur. it need to not be the Mysuru-Kushalnagar railway line at crores of expense. NOW, THE THALASERRY TRACK Route - Thalaserry, Koothaparamba, Mananthavady, Kutta, Kanoor, Balele, Thitihmathi, Hunsur. Both road and rail routes from Thalaserry already exist, there is no need for this new route. The road route is through Kabini to Mysore and the railway track is through Palghat to Bangalore. There is a flourishing bus service from Thalaserry to Bangalore and there is no desperate need for a railway at such a terrible environmental cost of lakhs of trees and the death of a River. There is a financially and influentially strong lobby behind this track, the lobby is made of business and political vested interests. The environmentalists of Wynaad too are against this Railway and have joined hands with the people of Kodagu. It makes no sense to deprive the farmers and people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu off their right to always have Cauvery water...just to make travel cheaper and shorter by a few hours for the people of Kerala.  Also, it is not all the people of Kerala who want the Railway, but the lobby that is always working for some railway to be put through some forest. This could simply be their source of income. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION  Please sign this petition and forward it to others who will support the cause. Help us to stop the two railway tracks to Kodagu, save the trees and the River Cauvery, protect the drinking water of 8 crore Indians in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The petition has been addressed to the below persons in the Govt. Prime Minister of India Union Minister for Railways. Union Minister for Environment. Union Minister for Irrigation. Union Minister for Tribal Affairs. Union Home Minister - Joint Secretary. National Human Rights Commission of India. Chief Minister of Karnataka. Karnataka State Minister for Railways.  Karnataka State Minister for Environment. Karnataka State Home Minister. Karnataka Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights. Karnataka State minster for Tourism. Karnataka State Minister for Transport. Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

Sundar Muthanna
51,341 supporters