Tree walk to protest felling under smart city project


Bhopal: Highlighting the rich bio-diversity in and around proposed site for smart city at Shivaji Nagar, about 100 people participated in a unique 'tree walk' here on Sunday. The walk was organised by NCHSE Environment Helpline and friends of environment Bhopal.


Objective of the walk was to make people aware about the green heritage of the Bhopal, which is likely to fall prey to the onslaught of proposed Smart City Project in Shivaji Nagar and Tulsi Nagar localities, said an NCHSE spokesperson. They held banners stating 'trees matter'.

 


Led by forestry expert Sudesh Waghmare, the walk began at around 8 am from Mayur Park and passed through residential areas of Tulsi Nagar. Identifying trees, experts explained historical, architectural and medicinal importance of various trees. Specialists like Avnish Saxena spoke about the importance of trees and role of citizen's in protecting them. Rashmi Jha spoke about the medicinal values of various plants and trees growing in Tulsi Nagar.

 


NCHSE is carrying out a documentation and a tree count in the area, which has been marked for construction Smart City. The Rs 8,800 smart city plan spread in 117 acres. Some 1,800 government housing accommodation would be demolished to pave the way for smart city plan.

 


Resenting the move, locals and various groups including NCHSE have voiced their opposition. United Nations Human Settlements Programme or UN-Habitat former advisor PK Nandi, the Bhopal Smart City plan is to develop around 6 lakh sq feet in barely 117 acres. "Environmental clearance from union government is required for any project which is more than 50 hectares," he said.



Source: TIMES OF INDIA 16 MAY 2016