The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) has taken a serious view of the felling of palm trees on the Rasoolpura-Begumpet road highlighted in these columns and ordered action against the contractor and the engineers concerned.

HMR MD N.V.S. Reddy on Wednesday said the powers of the engineers to deal with tree cutting have been cut and entrusted to the newly created urban forestry wing. A retired divisional forest officer Swami Das, who did large-scale plantation works in the city, was appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) along with a few other experienced officers to man the wing.

Mr.Reddy directed the palm trees also be trans-located. Citizens were free to get in touch with the newly appointed OSD on phone 98665 51453 or email:osdfhmr@gmail.

com with any information /suggestions regarding tree cutting activities of HMR, a release said.