Municipal corporation (MC) has conducted several plantation drives in the city in recent times, but these plants are not safe in absence of tree guards.
The MC had planted 25,000 shrubs and saplings till Sunday in various areas, including Old Sabzi Mandi Road, Dana Mandi, Hambran Road, Dugri, Chandigarh Road, Focal Point and other areas. Fichus, Chakrasia, Chandni, Hibiscus, Kanner, Bougainvillea and plants of other varieties are being planted.
Residents are appreciating the MC's step. However, many of the saplings are under the risk of getting damaged in absence of tree guards. Majority of the tree guards have got damaged or have gone missing from the dividers on various roads. Several leaders and non-governmental organisation plant saplings, but no one take care of the plants in future.
Environmental activist Jagjeet Singh Mann said, "It is an appreciable step by the MC to plant saplings on various dividers which will help increase the green cover. But, I have noticed that the tree guards are missing. Without tree guards these small plants are at risk."
Head of Watawarn Sambhal Society Jagjeet Singh Maan said, "The MC has conducted several plantation drives, but the saplings get damaged due to non-availability of tree guards. Many leaders conduct such drives only to gain publicity. "
Amarjeet Singh Bath, a resident of the Barewal Road, said, "Authorities should allocate some agency for maintenance of these plants as lakhs of rupees are spent for the plantation of these saplings. The government should take strict action against MC for this carelessness."
Executive engineer, MC, Surinder Sharma said, "The tree guards were not provided for saplings that were was planted on July 19 last year as they came late. The next drive will be carried out in March and the damaged plants will be replaced with new and tree guards will also be placed."