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Kolkata: Plan to replant 100 trees in Rabindra Sarobar

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Days after an uprooted tree was replanted on Southern Avenue, KMDA on Friday began replanting around 100 trees that had fallen during Cyclone Amphan at Rabindra Sarobar. Similar attempts will be made in other places in the city, urban development minister and KMC boss Firhad Hakim said after overseeing the replanting at the Lake.

He also said the cyclone had taught the civic body a lesson on organized and calibrated avenue plantation, including selection of species, to prevent such a large-scale disruption after a cyclone.

Hakim, who also assessed the damage that the cyclone had caused to Rabindra Sarobar, said several mature trees that had been toppled by the storm would be replanted. According to a KMDA official who oversees the maintenance of Rabindra Sarobar, around 100 large trees of different species that were uprooted by the cyclone are still alive and can be transplanted.

“It’s a matter of concern that Rabindra Sarobar lost hundreds of trees. But today, I was happy to find out that several large trees are still alive and can be transplanted. Going by a conservative estimate, we can take up transplantation of 100 large trees in phases,” Hakim said.

Similar efforts would be taken at Subhas Sarobar. The KMC will also take up a comprehensive transplantation of a large number of trees which got partially uprooted and are now leaning dangerously in several areas located across the city.

On fresh plantation drives, Hakim said the KMC, along with experts from the forest department, would identify stretches conducive for plantation for a largescale plantation across the city.

KMC parks and square department and urban recreation forestry of forest department will map the stretches of sidewalks conducive for growth of plants.

“We must have a proper guideline on plantation that identifies locations where trees can be planted and what species are to be planted there. The government, private agencies or any individual cannot plant trees beyond those designated stretches. This is required to prevent disruptions in future if there’s another cyclone like Amphan,” Hakim said.
KMDA officials, too, emphasized on the selection of species for avenue plantation. “There is no point in planting exotic species. The indigenous species have higher survival rate,” said an official. A team of experts will also oversee the transplantation of full-grown trees both in Rabindra Sarobar and along some roads.

Source: Times of India

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