Shift trees, don’t cut them: Telangana NGO Hyderabad municipality takes care of translocated trees in its jurisdiction during their period of adapting with help from volunteer groups.

Trees being translocated to Manikonda from Malaysian Township by a volunteer organisation at KPHB colony for widening the road to construct a flyover. Photo: DC
Trees being translocated to Manikonda from Malaysian Township by a volunteer organisation at KPHB colony for widening the road to construct a flyover. Photo: DC

Trees marked to be cut down for infrastructure projects in Hyderabad can often be saved by translocating them.

With another phase of Haritha Haram round the corner, NGOs and authorities are doubling up on efforts to do exactly that.

“We recently shifted eight palm trees to the zonal commission office and had 100 per cent success,” said V Damodar, director of Urban Forestry Department, GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation).

“We shifted 20 trees to Dr Reddy’s Laboratory near Ameerpet a month ago and we are expecting all those trees to survive. We cannot always guarantee 100 per cent survival of translocated trees, but we do expect only a 10 per cent failure rate to occur.”

Vata Foundation is an NGO that has helped in translocation of trees from several places.

Says founding member Uday Krishna, “We recently shifted about 72 trees from Kukatpally Housing Board to Manikonda at an expense of Rs 3,000 per tree. The cost of translocation depends on the size and number of trees. With monsoon in full swing, this is the right time for such a move. We focus on trees that have been marked for felling for government projects such as road widening and flyovers.”

While environmentalists say that translocated trees have lower survival rates, authorities say that previous translocations prove otherwise.

HMDA takes care of translocated plants in its jurisdiction.

“We understand that translocated plants require extra care and so ensure that they are looked after well during their period of adapting,” says S Satyanarayana, an HMDA official.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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