Who is The Pune Tree Authority
According to the Maharashtra Tree Act a Tree Authority needs to be constituted to look into the variuos issues involving trees. This Tree Authority includes the Chairman and 5-15 other appointed members. These members are appointed by the general body of the P.M.C. The TA may also then nominate representatives from non-official organizations who are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of planting and preservation of trees. However, These nominated members cannot exceed the number of members appointed.
What are the duties of the Tree Authority
The TA is responsible for the following
a) Protection and Preservation of all trees in all lands within jurisdiction.
b) Carrying out a Census of existing trees on all lands every five years
c) Prescribing standards specifying the number and type of trees each plot of land should have. In Pune, one tree is mandatory per 100 square meter area, excluding goathan area.
d) Development and maintenance nurseries for the supply of seeds, saplings of trees to those wishing to plant new or replace felled tree.
e) Transplantation of trees because of road construction or for safeguarding against danger to life and property.
f) Organising vegetable and flower shows yearly to raise consciousness about trees and vegetation for human welfare. Assisting private and public institutions in organizing such shows, and creation of consciousness of importance of trees and vegetation to human welfare.
g) Giving advice and assistance to those who seek it in any matter connected with planting, protection and preservation of trees.
h) Planting and maintenance trees as considered appropriate according to prescribed standards in public places such as along the roads, river banks, lakes, public parks and gardens.
i ) Undertaking ANY schemes considered necessary for achieving objectives of the act.