Ageing and termites have caused slow death to many trees including a variety of foreign trees on city roads
Chandigarh: Whereas on the one hand the UT Administration takes pride in propagating the increase in the green cover of the city, on the other hand, it now finds it tough to axe about 250 odd dead trees standing tall on the city roads. The UT has identified 328 such trees which are dead, and pose danger to commuters by also obstructing the passage on cycle tracks in the city.
Becoming an eyesore, the termite-infected dead trees have been posing major threat to the other trees as well. The trees have been dying a slow death due to three major reasons, say the environmentalists.
The first and the foremost reason is the termite effect which kills a tree, the second reason is the planting of the variety of foreign origin trees and the third reason is the fixing of the paver blocks around the trees leaving no space for them to breathe.
The UT Administration, during a recent survey, had detected 250 odd dead trees standing tall on various city roads becoming an eyesore among the green cover. According to the survey, 150 odd dead trees fall under the MC jurisdiction whereas100 trees come under the UT jurisdiction.
“Termites are the major reason for the death of the trees. Also during the origin of Chandigarh, some foreign trees saplings were planted which with the passage of time could not adapt to the environmental condition and lately died. The UT so far has failed to remove such trees and replant fresh saplings in place,” said a UT environmentalist.
The city has a total of 2,31,386 trees of 87 tree varieties, stated the maiden tree census conducted by the UT Forest and Wildlife Department two years ago. Notably, the State of Environment Report-Chandigarh 2012 has also advised that dead and diseased trees should be replaced by healthy saplings and every abandoned or vacant space should be utilised for afforestation and qualitative improvement in green cover. Interestingly, UT Administration and MC have so far failed to replace the dead trees with healthy saplings.
Earlier in 2011, the MCC and UT Administration had conducted a combined survey to identify dangerous trees which needed immediate removal otherwise could lead to loss of life and property during strong winds and storms.
While 328 such trees were identified in the city, the higher authorities have failed to axe such trees which are dead, pose danger to commuters and also obstruct passage on cycle tracks in the city.
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