BMC says there were no signs of rot in the tree during its audit
Four members of a family were injured when a tree weakened by the heavy rain fell on them on Saturday.
The incident occurred around 9.35 p.m. near Shivaji Park police station.
While Achuthan Raut, his wife, Jyoti, and their daughter, Adishree, were discharged from hospital early on Sunday, Mr. Raut’s niece Shreya had to undergo surgery for the injuries to her spine.
The family lives in Shivaji Park and had gone for a movie at Plaza Cinema. “We had stopped near a temple for a few minutes. It was raining a little. We started walking after the rain stopped, when the tree fell on us,” said Mr. Raut.
According to Bharat Raut, Shreya’s father, residents of the area and workers from a nearby construction site took the injured to Dhanwantari Hospital.
“I got a call around 10 p.m. and I went to the hospital. I decided to shift them to Hinduja Hospital,” he said.
Bharat said Shreya had lost sensation in her lower body on Saturday, which she regained on Sunday. “She was conscious and speaking after the accident. The doctors performed a CT scan and said she would need surgery to treat the injuries to the spine,” he said.
Ashok Khairnar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, G (North) ward, said when civic staff began cutting the tree to clear the road, they discovered that the trunk was hollow. The tree is said to have been at least 60 years old.
“We had carried out an audit of all the trees in the ward. This tree seemed healthy from the outside and there were no signs of rot. We will inspect all trees in the ward to identify similar cases,” he said.