NEARLY 3,000 trees will be felled to pave the way for the construction of a six-lane track on AB Road as part of the Rs 865 crore Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), a survey by the Indore Development Authority (IDA) has revealed.
The Authority has sought the permission of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to cut the trees obstructing the road-widening project.
If cleared, the move would result in over 5,000 fully grown peepal, banyan, tamarind, neem, palash and amaltas trees being sacrificed for road-building projects. About 2,069 trees are already facing the axe to clear the decks for the second phase of the Bond Road Scheme being funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
IDA sources said constructions occupying over 72,000 sq metres of land on either side of AB Road would also have to be razed for BRTS.
A total of 185 structures are slated for demolition. Of these, 161 are in private hands, four owned by the government, an equal number are the property of the Nazul Department, while nine house places of worship.
As per the IDA survey, 1,314 trees from Niranjanpur to Palasia and 1,836 trees located on the stretch between Palasia to Rajiv Gandhi Square would have to be felled for the six-lane proposal.
In a letter to the IMC seeking sanction for the exercise, the Authority pointed out that it would be impossible to carry out the road-widening project without axing the obstructing trees.
The IDA has agreed to bear all expenses of compensatory afforestation if the Corporation grants a green signal to the tree-felling proposal.