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Vijayawada couple shows the way

Sumit Bhattacharjee
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The house that Ravi Kumar and Madhavi built without hacking the mango tree.PHOTO: V. RAJU.
The house that Ravi Kumar and Madhavi built without hacking the mango tree.PHOTO: V. RAJU.

Trees are considered to be natural oxygen cylinders and filters of air pollutants. The present-day concrete jungles are fast replacing them , leading to loss of greenery, but who cares!

Here is an exception -- Ravi Kumar and his wife P. Madhavi -- residents of RTC Colony here, have built a house without hacking a mango tree that practically passes through their house. “We owned a 160 square yard plot and the 40-year-old mango tree was part of it. We decided not to chop it down despite the engineer and the architect advising us to do so,” said Mr. Ravi Kumar.

Till about two decades ago, RTC Colony that spreads close to about one square kilometre, was a mango orchard, but with the mushrooming of houses, only a few trees are left today.

Despite facing difficulty in designing and constructing the building, the couple did not cut the tree. “We love trees and when we realised that it was an old one we decided not to touch it. We now live with it and it only gives us fruits, but also provides natural cover and acts as a coolant during peak summer,” said Ms. Madhavi. The couple has lost some living space because of the tree growing through its duplex house, but the loss does not bother it. In fact, they are happy to live with it. “Just because of our need why should we destroy something that is so natural?” they say. They have carved the concrete to suit the tree’s natural growth and the house is so designed that it even gives sufficient leeway for the tree to sway in breeze. Well, that’s living with nature!

To spare a mango tree, they have

modified the design of their house


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