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Banyan trees in city to be protected,maintained under Biodiversity Act

The city’s Banyan trees will be brought under the Biodiversity Act,which seeks to protect the indigenous species specific to an area,said Dr S K Nanda,the principal secretary of Forests and Environment Department for Gujarat.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara |
May 4, 2009 1:05:10 am

The city’s Banyan trees will be brought under the Biodiversity Act,which seeks to protect the indigenous species specific to an area,said Dr S K Nanda,the principal secretary of Forests and Environment Department for Gujarat.

Nanda said the Banyan trees in Vadodara are unique to its topography. “We would be bringing the unique trees of various areas under this Act. For instance,like banyan trees in Vadodara,there are Neem trees in Gandhinagar,which will also be brought under this Act for preservation,” added Nanda. As per the Biodiversity Act,Nanda said that from now on,one would need permission to cut the Banyan Tree.

On the other hand,Nanda added that more than one crore species of various trees including Gulmohar,Banyan and Neem would be available with Social Forestry department and the concerned organisations could adopt some areas for plantations.

“We would be starting this drive with the onset of monsoon and the forest department would not charge money to plant these trees,” said Nanda.

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The forest official highlighted the areas such as Ajwa Road,Kalali Fatak and Waghodia where the areas have become completely tree less. “The thrust would be on organising the plantation drives in these areas,” added Nanda.

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First published on: 04-05-2009 at 01:05:10 am

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