Recent thunderstorms have uprooted many trees near various roads in Dwarka. As the fallen trees have yet not been picked up by the authorities, they are now posing threat to the commuters. Hundreds of such fallen trees can be spotted on master plan roads and internal roads of the area.
With fallen trees on the roads, there is very little space left for commuters to drive their vehicles through. There are four such fallen trees near Deen Dayal Upadhyay College on master plan road number 201. Two trees, which were on the central verge, are lying in the middle of the road.
Shakshi Anand, a resident of Sector 3, said, “That particular stretch is very dangerous now mainly for bikers. The branches of the tree at central verge has covered almost one-third of the road. This is causing a bottleneck and making difficult to cross that stretch. This is surprising that despite knowing the seriousness the tree has not been picked up. The civic bodies must act on this as fast as they can.”
City Spidey found that mostly the “Sheesham” trees infected with termites and the trees which were not maintained properly at their roots were either damaged or uprooted. The trees having concrete structure at their bases were badly affected. Environment activists are pointing out the issue at a public forum and also asking the civic agencies to clear the fallen trees and save the lives of people on road.
Rajnish Gautam, a resident of Sector 12, said, “They know that trees are lying on the roads but they are doing nothing. The primary work of the civic bodies after any natural disaster is to restore the area as soon as possible. Removal of such trees is not a big task. But, they are waiting for any incident. This is heights of negligence on their part.”
There are many trees hanging in the air and about to fall. Most of them are near the roads and public places. Many such trees are in parks and alongside the roads and inside the societies. Hundreds of termite infected dead trees are there in Dwarka which are inviting danger to the community.
Deputy Director of Horticulture in DDA, Jameel Ahmad, said, “Work to remove the fallen trees is going on. We are also removing those trees which are hanging dangerously. As far as the dead and dried up trees standing in Dwarka are concerned, we have written letters to forest department seeking the permission to remove it. But, we haven’t got the permission yet.”