Tree bends in semi-circle as pruning drive is delayed

By Ramesh Kumar
Photo: Ramesh Kumar
Posted: Jun 17, 2017

A fully-grown tree in front of house no 21B in Block E, Sector 8, Noida, has bent forming a semi-circle of sorts following June 16’s rainstorm and has been obstructing the traffic on the road.

Residents say the tree could have been saved if Noida Authority had pruned its overgrown branches in time. The launch of a drive for pruning trees has been delayed by over a month in Noida.

Anuj Jain, a resident of the sector, told City Spidey, “I have informed the officials concerned about the tree obstructing the passage of vehicles.”

Several overgrown branches of trees on roadsides in residential sectors are touching overhead live wires. Some are even leaning towards busy roads and causing difficulty for movement of vehicles.

Mukesh Kapoor, another resident, said that many trees fall every year during heavy rains and storm owing to the weight of the branches. “But Noida Authority officials do not even bother to prune the trees before monsoons every year,” he said.

“The drive for pruning should have been completed by now but the Authority is yet to start it. I don’t think they would be able to prune them before the monsoon. It’s too late now,” he added.

According to a source in Noida Authority’s horticulture department, the Authority cannot cut the green tree in Sector 8 as strict laws have been imposed against chopping trees. He said that if the tree was obstructing traffic, it could be cut only after permission from the forest department. The process takes time as officials of the forest department conduct site inspection and grant permission only after they are satisfied.

When City Spidey spoke to Om Veer Singh, director of horticulture, he said, “Though the drive is yet to begin, we are confident that we will complete it before monsoon sets in.”

TAGS: Block E / Sector 8 / Noida / Rainstorm / Noida Authority / Pruning / Horticulture department / Om Veer Singh