For the nearly 40 km. covering two corridors, around 450 trees have been cut down in 2009, writes G.V.Prasada Sarma
It is quite common to see trees that have been part of people’s lives mercilessly cut for development work and creating a barren landscape. The Bus Rapid Transit System alone took a heavy toll. For the nearly 40 km. covering two corridors, around 450 trees have been cut down in 2009. Of them around 350 are on the Pendurti corridor. The once shaded canopy right from near the Rythu Bazar area disappeared inflicting a severe blow to the environment.GVMC has planted 1,000 saplings in 1:2 ratio at Mudasarlova to make up for the trees cut down in 2010. It will take a long time for them to grow and make up for the huge loss suffered.
“A tree of any age, 60 or 70 years, can be transplanted but it is hardly taking place in Visakhapatnam,” says D. Santhi, a horticulturist.
For the transplantation, the canopy is reduced by cutting the branches and the roots are also cut. Otherwise more water will be lost due to transpiration. After treating the roots and stem with chemicals the tree is lifted with the ball of earth and other important steps for removal of the tree.
A suitable pit of required size is readied where the tree is to be transplanted.
After putting manure etc the tree is transplanted and it has to be profusely watered for 10, 15 days.
The survival rate is good and within a year the full canopy grows, she says.
Ms. Santhi, project manager of Gladfarm India Pvt Ltd., says the company has successfully transplanted 40 trees for GMR in the Suryapet-Vijayawada highway widening and 60 for Santa Biotech in Hyderabad.
It is presently involved in the transplantation at Dilsukhnagar for the Metro Rail project in Hyderabad too. Ms. Santhi said she had successfully transplanted a tree on LG Polymers.
It has also taken up several landscaping and plantation work including at TCS, Hyderabad.At Muralinagar in the city, she is now in charge of planting and maintaining 9,000 plants of the 20,000 taken up by Essar Steel, for the current year.
The plantation drive is part of the drive to plant 40 lakh saplings over a period of five years under the Green Visakha campaign.