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Will end ‘tree-killing’ insect menace in 2 weeks, says Noida authority

By, Noida/greater Noida
Apr 17, 2024 05:06 AM IST

Noida authority officials said the process of spraying of pesticides is already underway. The exercise will be further intensified to end the problem within 15 days

After the Gautam Budh Nagar forest department sought urgent action to tackle the menace of “tree-killing” insects that has been found in Noida and Greater Noida, the Noida authority said that it will take steps to end the problem within 15 days.

he problem has become prevalent over the past few years and these white insects damage even healthy trees. (HT Photo)
he problem has become prevalent over the past few years and these white insects damage even healthy trees. (HT Photo)

District forest department officials said frequent complaints were being received from residents in Noida and Greater Noida regarding the destruction of trees by a particular type of insect.The department on Tuesday wrote to the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Developement Authority (Yeida) seeking a solution to the problem.

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The forest department also met with Noida authority officials on Tuesday.

Divisional forest officer (DFO), Gautam Budh Nagar, Pramod Kumar Srivastava said, “Complaints were being lodged by residents regarding the damage sustained by trees in Noida and Greater Noida due to the activity of tree-killing pest. We have appraised the authorities of the situation so as to take necessary steps to address the problem.”

“The problem has become prevalent over the past few years and these white insects damage even healthy trees. We have asked authorities to take up necessary steps such as spraying pesticides to end the problem,” said the DFO.

The two cities have hundreds of trees of different species, mostly pipal and banyan, as per forest department.

“There are lakhs of trees of various species in the district and about 5% trees have been affected by the insects,” said the DFO.

Mahendra Prakash, director, horticulture department, Noida, said, “The process of spraying of pesticides is already underway. The exercise will be further intensified to end the problem within 15 days.”

Anand Mohan Singh, senior horticulture officer, Yeida, said, “We have deployed four tankers in fields and we are working on controlling the problem.”

Earlier this month, the Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association (FONRWA) had written to the Noida Authority, urging for an immediate solution due to the rise of insects in several residential sectors including 22, 47, 62, 71, 72 and 82.

The federation had put forward a demand seeking removal of alstonia trees and immediate spraying of pesticides, stating that the ‘mealy bugs’ known for infesting trees were causing an inconvenience.

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    Senior Correspondent, Hindustan Times. Reports on district administration, health, civic issues, and environmental concerns in Noida and Greater Noida. Graduated from MJP Rohilkhand University in 2015 and started career in journalism in 2016, at The Times of India, UP West (Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad and Sambhal) where reported on a range of issues including crime and politics till November 2021. Working with Hindustan Times since June, 2023.

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