Sanjeev K Ahuja | Thursday, Devember 09, 2010 – (Hindustan Times, New Delhi)
GURGAON : Alert residents of localities along main Rajiv Nagar Road, where the road widening work has been kicked off, have managed to save 25 year-old trees from being axed. Three banyan and one ‘gullar’ trees are now being transplanted to an alternative site with the help of a civil society organization.
However, the residents who have been fighting to save the trees were ready to face the police action, failed to save about 300 small and medium trees as the Haryana government has received ‘legitimate’ approval from the Union ministry of environment. What rankles most of the residents is that the government accords permission for felling trees but not for relocation or trees.
“I had myself planted the banyan trees 25years ago along the Rajiv Nagar Road where I have been running a dairy.I had nourished them by watering for so many years and it took quite a huge amount of efforts. I got offended after I came to know that all trees along the road would be chopped off. I gathered people of the locality and approached the administration about a fortnight ago,” said Hans Raj, a resident.
However, more than two hundred trees were felled during this time and one of the residents approached an NGO Haryali that specializes in tree relocation.
“By the time we came into picture, just four trees were left. It is a pity that the government agencies issue permissions to axe the trees but not for relocation,” said Vivek Kamboj of the Haryali.