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Trees face the axe

Dead and “dangerous” trees of the township would soon be chopped off. According to a survey conducted by the civic body, there are 131 such trees. On Wednesday, the requisite permission was sought from the divisional forest officer, North 24-Parganas.

The dangerous trees are those that are precariously located and might cause harm to people or property if they fall. There are also trees that are planted over cables and pipes and whose roots are damaging them.

“In the initial stages of the township, trees were planted in a haphazard way, leading to problems. We have to rectify that now,” said Debasish Jana, chairman-in-council in charge of conservancy, Bidhannagar Municipality.

In Sector I, there are 13 dead and 36 dangerous trees, in Sector II, four dead and eight dangerous trees and in Sector III, 10 dead and 60 dangerous trees.

Trees like Krishnachura, Radhachura, Babla, Badam and Jhau are on the chopping list. Jana said 800 saplings would be planted to replace the ones being removed. “Each ward would be given saplings of Palash, Neem, Chhatim, Debdaru, Bakul, Hibiscus, Kamini etc. to plant. An additional 5,000 saplings will be planted during Forest Week,” he said.