2 'termite-infested' heritage bushes to be axed in Chandigarh, UT will get into motion – The Tribune India


Tribune News Service

Dushyant Singh Pundir

Chandigarh, July 11

It took a scholar’s life to seek out that two heritage bushes within the metropolis have outlived their life and are “closely infested” with termites. The heritage bushes standing tall within the coronary heart of town, Sector 19 and 23, for greater than a century will now be axed, as advisable by a committee fashioned by the administration.

On the morning of July 8, a 250-year-old heritage peepal tree cut up and fell on college students at Carmel Convent Faculty, Sector 9-B. The incident claimed the lifetime of 16-year-old Heerakshi. Eighteen college students and one bus attendant have been injured. The bus attendant is battling for all times on the PGI.

Individuals attend the prayer ceremony of Heerakshi. Nitin Mittal

The peepal tree was additionally closely “infested with termites” which had weakened the trunk of the tree. Environmentalist LR Budaniya stated bushes must be handled with termiticide at the very least yearly.

Subsequent to the incident, the administration directed its workforce to do an intensive survey of all “lifeless and dry bushes” and bushes posing hazard to human life and property.

In response to an order issued by the UT Administration on December 21, 2017, it had notified 31 bushes as “Heritage Bushes”, as there was a hazard of shedding such main bushes as a consequence of varied causes and the necessity was felt to guard these, educate the neighborhood on the significance of the heritage bushes and defending town’s tree wealth.

Staff prune an enormous tree close to Tribune Chowk on Monday night time.

Adviser to the Administrator Dharam Pal stated the remaining 30 heritage bushes had been completely verified by the committee comprising officers from the Engineering Division, horticulture wing of the Municipal Company and the Forest Division, for his or her well being, power and vulnerability to uprooting. The committee has additionally advisable the pruning of three heritage bushes, together with the one at Sukhna Lake. “So as to avert any untoward incident, the administration will take away all lifeless/dry bushes,that are posing a hazard to life and property, inside per week,” stated Dharam Pal.

Going through axe: Mango tree 150-year-old; at Vatika Faculty for Deaf & Dumb Kids, Sector 19-B

The Adviser directed the departments involved that the pruning of bushes or their termite remedy must be carried out wherever required as high precedence, with particular consideration to varsities.

In the meantime, six groups have been deployed to survey 211 faculties. These performed an in depth survey of 201 faculties and different instructional establishments. The groups are more likely to submit their report on Tuesday.

Going through axe: Peepal tree 150-year-old; on the entrance to Authorities Nursery, Sector 23-C
  • 1,634lifeless/dry bushes axed in metropolis in 5 years
  • 180trees for which permission given to chop or take away up to now two months

Termite the root trigger

Termite makes a tree hole. The weakened trunk can’t face up to the load of the tree. Ultimately, the tree dies. Throughout storms and heavy rain, heavy branches could come off because the trunk is hole.

What admn says

So as to avert any untoward incident, the administration will take away all lifeless/dry bushes, that are posing a hazard to life and property, inside per week. — Dharam Pal, Adviser


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