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NGT takes note of report on 21,000 trees felled in six years for Mumbai Metro, road projects

As per the report, Mumbai has lost an urban green cover of 2,028 hectares, surpassing the figure of 1,300 hectares that Aarey forest spans. It further revealed that the loss of green cover has contributed to 19,640.9 tonnes of carbon emission per year.

The report stated that Mumbai is a coastal city due to which landmass for tree plantation is limited. It also opined that the rapid cutting of trees is one of the contributing factors to high pollution in Mumbai because trees have a leaf area index that absorbs pollutants and keeps carbon footprint in check.

Source: Barandbench

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