Nagpur: At least 8 full grown trees out of 28, lined up on the stretch from Maharajbagh zoo to Ambazari road, were saved from felling on Monday as a local environmental organization came up to interrupt the contractor.
As the members of organization named Green Vigil Foundation came to know of the trees being fallen, they reached the spot along with its key member Kaustav Chatterjee and objected to the action. As the commotion spread, NMC’s Garden Committee President Sunil Agrawal also rushed to Maharajbagh along with the officials of Public Works Department.
The authorities reviewed the location of trees and eventually decided to leave 8 huge trees out of those selected for felling in order to pave way for the construction of 354 meters long and 40 meters wide road. It may be mentioned that the road work has been sanctioned to reduce the traffic from Jhansi Rani Square and Variety Square.
Sources said that a total of 159 full grown trees have been marked for felling in order to start the road construction. The trees are located on the land owned by Panjabrao Krushi Vidyapeeth and Maharajbagh zoo. Agrawal informed that all possible efforts would be made to save more trees from felling. He also assured that NMC would initiate plantation of 2000 trees to compensate for the loss.
Agrawal told Nagpur Today that the entire road project is being carried out by NMC at the cost of Rs 4 crores. The projected road is aimed at not only containing the traffic load, but also facilitate for transportation and parking of Star and State Transport buses.