Berhampur, July 17 (LocalWire): Sabuja Bahini, a city-based organisation which plants and protects trees, on Sunday replanted some trees which were cut by the contractor for widening the road in MKCG Medical College and Hospital here.
Tree felling was stopped due to strong protest by the local residents and environmental activists.
As many as 188 major trees were to be axed to build four lane of the 1.30 km-long medical college campus road near News Bus stand to the College.
‘They had chopped eight major trees in the medical college before the agitation.
Of these, we have replanted three banyan trees after natural treatment,’ said Sibaram Panigrahy, president of Sabuja Bahini. The height of each tree is around 20 feet, he said.
‘We hope the re-planted trees will live. The present rainfall will also be helpful for their survival,’ he said, adding that they could not save the rest of the five trees even after replanting.
Activists have urged the forest department to cancel the tree felling order for widening the road.
Since the gate of the college was closed for the last several years and no heavy vehicle operates on the road, there is no need to widen the road by axing 188 trees, said Subash Moharana, former chairman, Berhampur