Kundapur: Trees felled with full vigour - No enthusiasm to grow them

Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (SP)

Kundapur, Mar 2: Thousands of trees were felled between Kundapur and Shiroor for road expansion work. However, the enthusiasm one witnessed when cutting down the trees is absent in growing them again. Now, only a handful of trees have been planted along short stretches of the road.

The road was lined up with magnificent trees before the expansion work was undertaken. 9,309 trees were cut down for highway development. But to compensate this loss, 900 plants have been planted for a three km stretch between Tallur and Arate and 900 more on both sides between Mullikatte and Trasi. This accounts for only 19.33 percent of the trees which were uprooted.

Between Kundapur and Karwar, a total of 159 hectares of forest land has been given up for highway expansion. The highway department has to give Rs 76.56 lac rupees to the forest department for highway greenery. Twenty-five acres of forest is planned to be grown at the rate of three lac rupees per hectare. It is said that as compensation for the forest lost on the coast, 370 hectares of forest would be grown in Tumakuru district. Locals want to know whether this compensates the loss of the district.

The officials say they have not received grants for growing trees on the sides of the highway. This is the concern the officials have for environmental conservation.



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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 03 2021

    Certainly careless attitude of government employees. No wonder when we look at the condition of streets and NH's. Most are vultures looking for extra money only. It is very easy to provide a drip irrigation pipes on road sides and in few years we can see almost a forest on either side of road. True lack of enthusiasm on public works!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 03 2021

    Every Citizen must plant 1 Tree ...

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 03 2021

    It is indeed a painful sight to see the area after the destruction of the trees. Not only here, even in other places like the Goa - Bombay highway, lush green forests have made way for concrete roads. Lofty promises are made while cutting down trees but once the roads are widened, everything is forgotten. At this rate, very soon we will be left with no trees. Not just the government, the citizens also should take an active role in planting and nurturing plants.

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