On Thursday evening too, a few boys were playing there when the coconut palm suddenly crashed on the teenager, said former corporator Nicholas Almeida. “The whole of Sahar village, where the child lived, and people in the neighborhood are shocked at what happened,” he said.
The teenager’s body was taken to Cooper Hospital for a post-mortem. An accidental death report has been filed at Sahar police station.
BMC officials said the road near which the incident took place had been handed over by BMC to the regional road agency, MMRDA, in 2015 for the Metro line 3 work.
The tree count in the city is 29.75 lakh, according to BMC’s census concluded in 2018. Since then, the civic administration has received nearly 18,500 complaints of tree fall incidents, with the number rising each year, especially in the wake of recent cyclones.