Berhampur, Dec 11 (LocalWire) Forest officials, political leaders and activists on Tuesday took out a rally to create awareness against nailing or hanging advertisement materials on roadside trees.
“Longevity of trees are reduced after nailing them,” said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashish Kumar Behera.
He said the heart-wood of a tree weakens after if it is nailed.
“Trees get infected when they are nailed,” he said.
The DFO further said: “It is one of the reasons for falling and uprooting of roadside trees even due to low velocity winds. Now the time has come to realize this fact and to come forward to protect the trees.”
Behera, however, said there is no direct legal provision to punish a person who nails a tree.
“It cab only be prevented by creating awareness among people,” he said.
“We have launched a drive to remove nails from the trees,” he added.
Many roadside trees were damaged in the city when Cyclone Titli hit Ganjam district on October 11.
Among others, MLA (Berhampur) R.Ch Chyaupatnaik, Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) chairman Subash Moharana, academician Sudhir Rout and several others took part in the awareness rally, organized by Berhampur-based organization Sabuja Bahini.