Coimbatore

Bid to fell trees foiled

A tree partially cut at Seerapalayam village in Madukkarai block on Thursday.

A tree partially cut at Seerapalayam village in Madukkarai block on Thursday.  

Osai, a Coimbatore-based NGO, along with the local people, prevented the felling of trees at Seerapalayam in Madukkarai block on Thursday.

K. Syed, organiser of Osai, told The Hindu that nine trees were about to be cut by the Revenue Department purportedly for laying of high-tension power lines. He noted that transmission towers have already been erected beside the trees.

No officials were present during the incident, Mr. Syed said. As they proceeded to cut the trees, two people from Osai and about 15 local people from the village stopped them and alerted the Tahsildar of Madukkarai block. Subsequently, the tree-cutters stopped felling the trees after the intervention of the Tahsildar, according to Mr. Syed.

The State government must urge the officials to maintain proper records for the number of trees cut and planted, Mr. Syed said. “They could also ask the environmental activists before proceeding to cut trees,” he said. Mr. Syed also urged the district administration to relaunch the Tree Protection Committee, which was started in 2014 but was not carried forward.

An official from the Revenue Department said that the issue is being investigated and appropriate action will be taken.

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