Three sites identified to dump trees in Calcutta
The Calcutta Municipal Corporation has identified three places where the 5,000-odd trees that fell across the city will be dumped, officials said on Tuesday.
Trees that fell in south and west Calcutta will be transported to an open ground opposite Nature Park, near Taratala. Those that fell in north Calcutta will be taken to Tallah Park. The ground where vehicles used to be parked for fairs at Milan Mela has been identified for fallen trees from east and parts of south Calcutta.
The CMC has also hired equipment like payloaders, cranes and dumpers to pick up parts of uprooted trees.
A CMC official said on Monday evening the civic authorities had by Monday chopped all trees that blocked thoroughfares.
“We have been able to chop off the fallen trees and cut them into smaller pieces. But most of the chopped-off portions are still lying by the roadside, because of which the roads are again getting blocked partially,” the official said.
The CMC has over 30 payloaders. It is hiring 10 more payloaders and as many dumper trucks and telescopic cranes. CMC officials said they would use some of their solid waste management department’s fleet and also hire trucks to transport the trees and their branches.
“Payloaders and dumper trucks will speed up the process of removing trees,” an official said.