18.5 million bushes have been felled for the widening of roads within the State up to now decade
The Forest Division in Odisha might transfer the Nationwide Excessive Authority of India (NHAI) with a request to translocate bushes which can be felled when laying roads.
The proposal was mooted within the wake of a large lack of tree cowl because of road-widening tasks within the State. Greater than 18.5 million bushes have been felled for the widening of roads within the State up to now decade.
“We’ll transfer the NHAI with a request to problem an advisory to executing businesses to deracinate fully-grown bushes and translocate them to close by areas. Although the translocation of bushes has not been taken up in any of our tasks, we are able to make a brand new starting,” a Forest official mentioned.
He mentioned banyan, arjuna and peepal bushes, ideally round 15-years-old, ought to particularly be extirpated and planted once more as their probabilities of survival have been greater.
“It’s troublesome to deracinate bushes which can be greater than 50-years-old. If the taproot will get slashed through the elimination course of, probabilities of the survival of the transplanted tree grow to be slim,” the official added.
“The talent and technical know-how for the translocation of bushes can be found. We will begin it on a restricted scale by figuring out endangered species and bushes with medicinal worth,” mentioned Ram Prasad Panda, Chief Normal Supervisor, NHAI, Bhubaneswar.
In response to sources, nevertheless, the key downside in relocating bushes can be the shortage of land. The identification of land for bushes requiring translocation must be made at first of a challenge.
In response to data given by Odisha Forest and Surroundings Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha within the State Meeting earlier this yr, greater than 18.5 million bushes had been felled for the widening of roads within the State in a decade. The loss had been compensated with the plantation of solely 2.9 million bushes within the State.
If a tree was translocated and it survived, it could instantly compensate the loss. However the brand new plantation would take years to offset the environmental loss.