Residents save trees

Green activists won praise from local residents for successfully transplanting uprooted trees in the port township despite the authorities turning a blind eye to the issue.

By Our Correspondent in Paradip
  • Published 20.07.18
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GREEN DRIVE: Excavators transplant a banyan tree in Paradip. Telegraph picture

Paradip: Green activists won praise from local residents for successfully transplanting uprooted trees in the port township despite the authorities turning a blind eye to the issue.

"Two banyan trees were uprooted near Madhuban three days ago following a nor'wester. We waited two days for government agencies to either remove the uprooted trees or transplant those. But they turned a blind eye. Later, we resolved to give the trees a new life by transplanting those," said a green activist Ayashkant Ray.

"We managed to save six uprooted trees by transplanting those in the past and that experience came in handy. We mobilised excavators and manpower, and have formed a group of youngsters to protect the town's green cover," he said.

"A construction company provided the excavators for free. We had to spend around Rs 3,000 on labour," he said.

The trees were transplanted on Wednesday and the youths are regularly watering the roots as it is crucial for their survival.

"We have so far achieved 100 per cent survival rate. Six trees were transplanted by our combined endeavour in the past year. All of those have survived. We are hopeful that the two trees transplanted on Thursday would also survive," he said.

Paradip is one of most polluted industrial belts in the state with pungent smell a concern.

"The authorities - from the port trust to civic body and forest department - have done little to maintain ambient air quality. Therefore, we have pledged to save the tree cover to curb pollution," said Ray.