Dwarka: Commuters wary of falling trees during rains
Commuting on the roads in Dwarka has become a bit risky these days as the trees on the roadsides are falling randomly due to rains. Especially, the “Sheesham” trees which are affected by termites are very close along the roads.
The other trees which are closed at the roots are also falling due to rain. People have witnessed fall of trees during rains all across the Dwarka. They said that the falling of trees is very dangerous and could prove fatal if it hits any commuter moving on a vehicle.
Recently, a huge “Sheesham” tree fell down after the rain in front of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College in Sector-3 main road. No one got hurt but the tree could cause serious damages to people. The traffic was disturbed for hours until the DDA removed it.
Samir Anand, a resident of Sector-13 said, “There are many trees in the stretch from Kautilya Apartments till Shaheed Bhagat Singh Apartments in Sector-13 and from Metro View Apartments till Netaji Subhash Apartments which are about to fall. These trees are dangerous and can take the life of anyone.”
Experts said that the wrongly planted trees fall due to weak roots and closed space. They also blamed the people and authorities on the unscientific pruning which affects its balance.
A tree expert from Sector-19 in Dwarka, PK Datta said, “The trees, which are along the roadside and in small spaces, are more vulnerable to fall after rains. Most of them are “Sheesham” trees.”
Datta further said that transplantation should be done for those trees which are dangerously inclining towards the roads.
“The transplantation is the only solution. But, at the same time, this is not in practice practically. They should think upon that seriously to save the lives of trees and also the people.”
According to sources, there are more than 1,000 dead “Sheesham” trees inviting danger to the people. These trees can be seen on footpaths. Some of the trees have been left in fallen state inviting danger to commuters.
Deputy Director Horticulture DDA, Jameel Ahmad said to City Spidey, “We are trying to make balance in the trees by doing their proper pruning and shifting their weights to a balanced state. We are removing the trees which can fall anytime. Besides that, for the dead trees, we have written to the forest department and those trees would be removed soon.”