RMC cuts trees aged over two decades in Gandhi-Nehru Park

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Sep 2017 10:25:39


Staff Reporter,


Even as the dwindling greenery is inflicting harmful effects on the environment of the Capital city, Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) recklessly cut down two lush green trees aged over 2-decades in the Gandhi-Nehru Park on September 27, Wednesday.
The trees belong to ‘Shisu’ variety, which is mostly found in dense forests, had grown slanted, still deeply rooted beneath the surface as the photographs confirmed.

Frequent visitors to the park witnessed them grow from small saplings to fully grown lush trees. Environmentalist Nitin Singhvi told The Hitavada that the Zone-3 officials of RMC cited safety concerns for cutting down the trees. They reasoned that the trees might fall, but they never took the advice from any expert. It’s also a matter of investigation whether the RMC officials sought permission of the Collector in prior to axing them.

Experts informed that even if such slanted trees tilt a bit more in rainy season, they can still be straightened up. So, the authorities need to come clear on the reasons for chopping down the two ‘Shisu’ trees at city’s biggest public garden. RMC Commissioner Rajat Bansal told The Hitavada that he would have to look into the exact variety of the tree as there are two categories of trees, out of which Collector’s permission isn’t required for cutting down trees of one category.