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Not just another crack in the wall

DNMUM427272 | 12/2/2018 | Author : Yogesh Pawar | WC :502

Mumbai infrastructural landscape is getting weakened from trees growing into its cracks, and these need to be transplanted, but with utmost care, suggests Yogesh Pawar
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The Lower Parel road overbridge located in one of the busiest nodes of the heart of Mumbai has had to shut down for a new one after authorities found it had considerably weakened. It is a space teeming with office-goers and the closure for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic has inconvenenienced thousands. Apart from its age (shy of three years for a century), many think it’s the steady growth of pipal and banyan trees in its nooks and crannies are the root cause behind the structural damage.
Dr Suchandra Dutta, professor at the Botany Department, National College in Mumbai, explains how tree growth is helped by birds who consume their fruits and help in germination. “The seeds pass through their gut and are dropped in their
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