Cantonment residents have claimed that the Cantonment board has taken no action against some of its employees, who burn garbage and Congress grass instead of mowing or cutting to save their time and labour.
They claim that since 2010, more than 50 trees have been destroyed due to this negligent action of the employees.
The HT team, which visited the cantonment found burnt stumps of burnt trees on the roadside at Brring Road and Nalwa road.
"The army residents are very particular on not allowing any garbage to be burnt in their area. However, in pockets where civilians dominate there is a marked change in attitude. Many trees have simply been burnt to ashes due to the carelessness of the board employees," said Naveen Sharma, a member of the Green Cantonment Association.
Another resident, Madhusudan, told HT, "We are working hard to restore greenery to the area. Every year, we plant nearly 1,000 saplings. It is very distressing when due to the negligence of Cantonment board employees, trees are burnt. This cannot be allowed."
"We have reported this matter to different councillors, but to no avail. They claim that the Cantonment board is responsible for this. A tree takes years to grow, but then to be burnt due to negligence is simply unpardonable. Something must be done. This should be declared a crime and the guilty severely punished," said Gurwinder Singh, another locale.
When contacted, Cantonment board CEO Vibha Sharma denied the involvement of board employees in such acts.
"Strict instructions have been issued to them to do their duty and not take dangerous and illegal shortcuts. No one in my department can dare to do this. I appeal to the residents to provide me any proof of their involvement and immediate action will be taken. The information I have is that such fires (in which tress get burnt) are mostly caused by careless residents who throw burning cigarette pieces on the dried grass."