Scorching temperatures have been playing havoc with the lives of people in the city. Lack of shade has emerged a concern for pedestrians, hawkers and motorists. People involved in petty works like labour are beaten by the beaming sun.
The heart of old City has very less trees and ones which existed were removed like the tree next to Hutatma Circle was chopped down totally, was it really by any means affecting the Martyr’s memorial ?
Infact a year ago two smaller trees but well grown were removed near the Auto stand at the same circle.
Trees from Khade bazar were removed citing reasons such they were obstructing traffic. Now the entire stretch has no trees and Citizens gasp for shade.
The top court has also expressed concern over the incessant cutting down of trees, which if not stopped soon enough, will significantly damage the environment.
Some more trees will be felled at the Bapat Galli car parking site once the work begins. Here there is no option, but have the authorities ever thought of saving a tree and developing around it.
We have a separate environment engineer in the Belagavi city corporation, who should in such cases come front and try to save trees.
It takes years for the tree to grow up so big and we cut it in 2 days, and then repent later for want of shade.
A few more trees will be felled as the work on RoB would commence near Gogte circle, but there is no option there, but in cases where a tree could be saved must be saved, and by all means the tree at Hutatma circle could have been saved.
We should realise that concrete structures can be built and destroyed in days but to raise a plant into a tree will take many years. Huge trees which are very old should be preserved.