Amphan, the super cyclonic storm, battered various parts of the city, uprooting several trees in the process. More than 70 trees got uprooted inside the Shubash Sarovar premises alone. Now, after a month, environmentalist Arjan Basu Roy and Mudar Patherya finally replanted about 36 trees, with crowd funding and corporate help. It took them about eight days to complete the work. Some heavy machinery, like cranes, earth augers and excavators were used to dig the grounds. The work was completed on Thursday and it cost about Rs 4,000 per tree to replant.
Out of more than 20 species of fallen trees, the team has successfully replanted species like Arjun, Sisso, Mahogany, Debdaru, Radhachura, Krishnachura and Jarul. “We aimed for 40 trees, but we could replant only 36 because there was no space to use those heavy machinery near other fallen trees,” said Arjan.
The entire area of Subhash Sarovar is around 73 acres of land and home to several birds, mammals and reptiles, not to mention over 600 trees. Interestingly, Subhash Sarovar is the only place in Kolkata where a number of rare birds, like painted stork and open bill stork breed regularly. Arjan said that since this place is a regular breeding colony of more than 20 bird species, restoring these trees were of utmost importance. “There is an island on the lake and a number of trees were uprooted there too. But we did not do anything because that is the main breeding area of birds. Once the breeding time is over, we will go to the island and plant saplings,” Arjan added.
Source:Times of India