Berhampur, March 3 (LocalWire): Come elections, politicians throw their full might on campaigns.
While manmade structures are their best bet for erecting flags, banners and hoardings, roadside trees at vantage points too is an option.
Green activists now say hammering a nail into a tree to put up propaganda materials causes irreparable damage to the trees.
Sabuja Bahini, an NGO here working on environment, on Friday petitioned the Berhampur’s sub-collector, Digant Rout to stop the use of trees during election campaign.
“In the past, we had seen political parties put up hoardings, flexi boards etc. on trees.
Such activities will cause much harm to the trees, which will eventually die,” said its president Sibaram Panigrahy.
“The sub-collector assured us to take strict action against such activities,” he added.
In support of this green cause, Berhampur Municipal Corporation also plans to impose a fine of Rs500 for first-time offenders and Rs1000 for second-time offenders, said BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore.
“A strict vigil is being kept to catch such offenders. We have already collected over Rs5000 from offenders,” he said.
Panigrahy said that his NGO has launched a campaign against the use of nails in trees, and also educated people not to tie trees with plastic or metal ropes, which also harm the trees.
During a four-month drive to remove nails and other materials from trees in the Silk City, his NGO had removed over 2,500 iron nails, 200 banners and 100 hoardings from the trees.