Department of Forests suggests replanting trees instead of cutting them down
The Hubli-Dharwad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has found a new way to clear land for housing layouts: they will shift and replant trees instead of cutting them down.
HUDA, which is developing housing layouts on 50 acres of land at Tadasinakoppa here, has opted to shift and replant 140 fruit-bearing trees such as mango, guava and sapota from the layout area and replant them on seven-and-a-half acres of land earmarked for three gardens. HUDA chairman Lingaraj Patil told presspersons that the Hubli Dharwad Parisara Samiti, a forum of environmentalists, would be collaborating with HUDA to relocate the trees, he said.
Mr. Patil added that HUDA would make it mandatory to shift and replant trees while developing housing sites, under the new Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), currently under preparation.
The cost of shifting and replanting trees was nominal, considering the other expenses involved in the development of housing layouts, he said.
Mr. Patil also noted that the trees being replanted at Tadasinakoppa were 10 to 15 years old, and advised developers to follow the same procedure while developing housing layouts.
Conservator of Forests Mahesh Shirur, who was present on the occasion, commended HUDA’s initiative and expressed confidence that the trees would survive being relocated.
Mr. Shirur added that the Department of Forests would hereafter recommend shifting and replanting trees whenever they received applications seeking cutting down of the trees for construction of buildings and other purposes.