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The buzz is not over yet

Residents want the beehives to be removed permanently. Photo: M. Vedhan

Residents want the beehives to be removed permanently. Photo: M. Vedhan   | Photo Credit: M_VEDHAN

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The bees are back with a vengeance

A year ago, a team of Corporation officials from the Parks Department of Zone VIII (Anna Nagar) cleared a couple of bee hives beneath the 12 floor of the 135-feet-tower at The Tower Park.

Now the problem has resurfaced and visitors are now complaining about being stung by bees.

While the bee hive on the tower was removed, the ones on the trees around the tower were not cleared because of difficulty in climbing the trees without receiving stings from the bees.

Further, lack of proper procedures in removal of the bee hives is believed to have led to this situation. As per norms, removal of the hives requires the involvement of forest officials, fire fighters and police, apart from civic officials.

Spraying the hives with a soap-and-water solution is effective, since soap dissolves the bees' waxy exterior which protects them from drowning. This helps bees to survive. Conventionally, smoke is created under the hive, which is dangerous for the bees. During the last drive, Corporation officials simply pulled the hives from the tower after dispersing bees.

“A few days ago, my son complained about a bee sting. His hand swelled immediately. I too had similar experiences. Now, we avoid walking near the tower and the trees around there,” said K. Narayanan, a resident of Anna Nagar. 

Residents want the hive to be removed permanently.

“A major drive involving various state agencies including forest officials and fire tenders should be taken. Further, bee hives on the tower and on the trees should be removed to ensure they do not reassemble again,” said K. Pravitra, a resident of Anna Nagar.

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