Over 1,000 trees that hinder the execution of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Surat will be transplanted by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). The corporation has already appointed a private agency for the purpose.
The SMC had conducted a survey and identified 1,000 trees on the BRTS route passing through Surat Navsari Road,Dumas Road and Aanand Mahal road areas. Tenders were issued and the work for the transplantation was awarded to Surat-based Krishna Nursery.
As per the terms and conditions mentioned in the tender notice,the private agency will have to use their own man power,machinery and equipments. The agency will also have to take care of all such trees for six months and the payment will be done based on the survival rate of the replanted trees. The SMC Garden Superintendent S J Gautam says,Our motive is to save the trees.
The SMC has also categorised the payments as per the size of trees. For instance,trees having a stem girth between 6 to 15 centimeter will be paid Rs 5200. The payment could be as high as Rs 9,999 for trees having a girth of 60 centimeters.