The efforts of residents of Sarita Vihar are finally delivering results as the South Delhi Municipal Corporation held a meeting on Friday with residents to draw a list of trees that need pruning. The officials will conduct pocket-wise survey of the listed trees. The meeting was also attended by members of Sarita Vihar Harit Kranti (SHK) and a representative from each pocket.
“Residents provided inputs about overgrown trees and based on that information, we will chalk out a plan and begin pocket-wise survey of overgrown trees in Sarita Vihar. Once the final list is prepared, we will forward it to the state forest department for permission,” said an SDMC official.
The SHK members had met SDMC officials on August 5 and raised the issue of irregular pruning of trees, which has caused safety concerns among residents. Locals say that trees in the colony have not been pruned for many years. A eucalyptus tree near pocket A that was planted 20 years ago has not been pruned ever, resulting in thick branches hanging over cars and covering streetlights. Its branches have fallen over cars a couple of times. A peepul tree in pocket B also needs to be pruned.
“In the meeting, we shared our fears about how trees in various pockets are inclining dangerously low and bent at odd angles. These trees may fall anytime. The branches hang over electric wires and streetlights. Extended branches fall on vehicles, often damaging them. In a few pockets, many trees have grown taller than the four-storeyed buildings,” said JS Saluja, president, SHK. No casualty has been reported so far.