Rishi Kapoor gets BMC notice for axing tree at his Mumbai bungalow

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor gets notice from The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday for damaging tress at his Pali Hill bungalow. On April 13th, the actor received notice from the BMC to trim six branches of a banyan tree inside his Krishna Raj bungalow at Bandra’s Pali Hill but the actor cut to its trunk, thereby violating their order.

The H-West ward of the BMC will file a complaint with the Khar police, said a civic official.

In its complaint, BMC alleged that "they (actor and contractor) had trimmed the tree more than the permitted level and removed all its branches. It is serious incident which requires a detailed inquiry, so police should register a case against the actor and contractor under the Maharashtra Protection and Preservation of Trees Act".

Sharad Ugade, assistant municipal commissioner of H west ward, said, “On visiting the site, we spotted that the branches were not trimmed but chopped off. Suitable action will be taken against violators.”

Rishi Kapoor in his defense said that he has assigned the work to a contractor and he has no idea what has been done. He stated that he took permission for trimming the tree so that it does not hamper the movement of heavy machines during pilling work. The tree stands in a corner of his property.

Kapoor said, "I am not supposed to be at the site all the time and am unaware about it. The contractor may have done it unintentionally, how come I am responsible for it? I am just being victimised unnecessarily time and again by some vested interests. I am seeking legal recourse to put an end to this harassment."

Assistance municipal commissioner (H-West ward) Sharad Ughade said, "We have issued a show-cause notice and informed police. We requested police to investigate the matter and take action under provisions of the Trees Act."

Activist Zoru Bhathena said the tree will not die but will take years for it to grow back to its earlier form. He said, "BMC itself does similar trimming, why blame the actor?"
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