Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 11
Volunteers and representatives of NGOs, who have been demanding conservation of heritage trees on the old jail road, once again met Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kamaldeep Singh Sangha here today. They urged the DC to take necessary action.
Terming their struggle ‘Green Satyagraha’ for saving the tree wealth of the city, they were joined by MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla’s mother Jagir Kaur and some students. The team visited the old central jail, Ajnala road, and staged a protest over the axing of fully grown trees like pipal, bargad, mango and sheesham. They also met ADC Ravinder Pal Singh.
“The issue was raised during the BRTS project as well when trees in large numbers were chopped down. We are concerned about the loss of flora and heritage character of the green spaces left in the city,” said Deepak Babbar from Mission Aghaaz, an NGO.
“Trees should be saved at any cost. The development plan has already cost 943 trees that were chopped down, causing an environmental disaster. Another serious issue is the auctioning of trees as these have been sold for only Rs 45 lakh whereas one tree costs around Rs 80,000. As per the scientific environmental report by the NASA, its value is lakhs of rupees,” he added.
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