AS MANY as 205 trees will face the axe for widening of a road connecting Dhanas village with Mullanpur.
The Chandigarh Administration plans to widen the road from existing four-lane dual carriageway to six-lane dual carriageway from Dhanas (Junction 30) to Mullanpur. The work is likely to be completed in the next six months. For cutting the trees, the engineering department has obtained the required approval from the UT forest department and UT Adviser.
The trees – aged between 20 and 50 – to be axed include Pipal, Beri, Shisham, Arjun, Deak, Neem, Jamoya, Amaltas, Pahari Sehtoot, Sehtoot, Jamun, Banyan, Kikar, Mango, Pilkhan, Gular and Sishbol.
The engineering department has started the process of engaging contractors for removing and selling the trees. Reserve price of all the trees has been fixed at Rs 6.35 lakh.
For conducting a survey of the area and removal of trees, the department had approached Rahul Mahajan, owner of the Filedman Nursery. Mahajan, who is not in favour of cutting the trees, told Chandigarh Newsline that he had suggested the department shift the trees to nearby areas rather than cutting them.
Recently, Mahajan had successfully replanted a total of 11 trees in the green belt of Sector 18 from near Sector 18\ roundabout. “Moving a fully grown tree from one place to another is not an easy task. The department, however, should not take an easy way out by cutting the trees,” he said.
UT superintending engineer C B Ojha said that all the required permissions had been taken for cutting the trees.
As per officials, the volume of traffic has increased manifold from Mullanpur to Chandigarh and some of the roads have already been widened. The administration is also widening the stretch from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to Mullanpur road as an extension of the Madhya Marg with a three-lane dual carriageway together with a slow carriageway.