Axe on Bypass park trees

Twenty-five trees will be felled at a park in the Metropolitan area off EM Bypass for "beautification".

By A staff reporter
  • Published 11.06.18
  •  
Felled trees at the park off the Bypass. Picture by Gautam Bose

Metropolitan: Twenty-five trees will be felled at a park in the Metropolitan area off EM Bypass for "beautification".

Nearly 10 of them had been chopped by Sunday evening.

An engineer of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) said permission had been sought from the forest department for cutting the trees.

The engineer said some saplings have already been planted along the Beleghata canal to make up for the loss. More saplings would be planted as part of the beautification project, he said.

"The beautification project is part of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation," he said.

A naturalist said most of the felled trees were palm trees.

Metro had reported on May 6 how open spaces in the city were being concretised.

Environment activist Subhas Datta said Calcutta has less than one per cent open space and that too is shrinking.

"Trees are beautiful. Why can't we beautify a place without chopping down trees?" he asked.