Tree pruning by power lines: CSPDCL cuts down 40 trees

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jul 2018 12:05:08




Staff Reporter


EVEN as there is a state-wide campaigning for planting sapling and growing trees, Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited chopped off several teakwood trees upto trunk level at Panthi Chowk -Borsi Road in Bhilai. Though the company claims that they undertook this for smooth power supply in the area and adjoining location but the residents and environmentalists have denounced the act.

Expressing his ignorance CSPDCL officer concerned regretted the development stating that the tree pruning was undertaken by staffers in haphazard manner without his knowledge while authorities concerned from Forest Department, Durg told The Hitavada that they will personally look into it and take adequate action on basis of the first hand record.While undertaking tree pruning around overhead power supply line CSPDCL staffers along with contract workers recently cut down over 40 teakwood trees up to its trunk-level in the area specially earmarked for tree plantation, located opposite Talpuri B Block Apartments at Panthi Chowk- Borsi Road in Bhilai. In the area there are fully grown up teakwood trees at BSP land by all along the road. The cutting down of grown up trees in indiscriminate manner is a matter of serious concerns as teakwood saplings grow into trees in several years and it is of vital importance for healthy environment around the residential area.

As per information ahead of rainy season tree pruning is undertaken by CSPDCL for protecting overhead power supply lines and for ensuringundisrupted power supply to the consumers. In the area the tree pruning was undertaken by the staffers and contract workers from 33/11 KV Power Substation Talpuri-Ruabandha Bhilai. The power substation was recently equipped with motor operated tree-cutter and the substation workers were deployed for pruning of trees that otherwise could have possibly damaged 11 KV power supply lines and hampered power supply to Talpuri and Ruabandha areas of Bhilai.

Lakahanlal Sahu Assistant Engineer (CSPDCL) Talpuri-Ruabandha Zone Bhilai regretted the cutting of trees stating that the ignorant staffers had undertaken it without prior discussion with him. He said that he was shocked to learn it from his Junior Engineers and personally inspected the location. He also added that it was blunder on their part and he will initiate all necessary measures to check that such things do not get repeated in future. Dhamasheel Ganveer, Divisional Forest Officer, Durg opined that the cutting of branches is allowed for protecting power lines and uninterrupted power supply. However, chopping the trees up to trunk level could not be undertaken without prior forest clearance. Since the development is not in his knowledge, he would ascertain the details first prior to initiating action in the matter.