The Chandigarh Administration is all set to axe the trees which are dead or obstructing passage on cycle tracks and posing danger on road berms. The decision was taken during a recent meeting held under the chairmanship of Secretary (Forests) Sanjay Kumar with the Municipal Corporation and Horticulture and Forest department too having given the green signal for the same.
A committee of officers from the Forest department and Horticulture Wing of Municipal Corporation and Engineering department shall be constituted to identify all dangerous trees in the city in a time-bound manner.
The committee will suggest the species,location and suitable treatments. Experts from Panjab University / Punjab Agricultural University are also likely to be roped in as committee members.
In a letter to Sanjay Kumar,Environment Director Ishwar Singh said: The trees on V-3 roads dividing Sector 7 and 8 are Ficus species (Pilkhan). These trees have a wide spreading root system and heavy overhead canopy. During expansion of the road,the roots of these trees have been heavily damaged and thus,most of these trees are unstable. The stems of these trees are abutting the boundary wall of the sector. Thus,there is hardly any scope for development of its roots and growth of overhead canopy. These trees pose a threat to life and property. Due to the pressure of the boundary wall,the trees are bending towards the road and thereby further accelerating the possibility of sudden fall,particularly during storms and rains.
It was added: There are many trees,which have completely gone dry and are dead now and are causing serious hindrance to the traffic flow. These may cause loss of life as they may fall any time. Also,there are a large number of trees which block the passage on cycle tracks.
The Administration or Municipal Corporation,depending upon the location of the tree to be removed/ uprooted,would be given the task for removing dead/ dangerous/ unstable trees which are posing a danger to life and smooth flow of traffic.
Secretary (Forests) Kumar said: Definitely,there is a need to remove dead trees from the road berms as they obstruct traffic and may lead to loss of life and property. A committee has been constituted and further action would be taken on the report submitted by it.