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70-yr-old transplanted ?pipal? tree thriving

A SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD ?pipal? tree (ficus religiosa), which was transplanted by four residents of the City a year ago, has survived and celebrated its first anniversary today.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 15:41 IST

A SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD ‘pipal’ tree (ficus religiosa), which was transplanted by four residents of the City a year ago, has survived and celebrated its first anniversary today.

The entire tree was transplanted from the residential plot of Rambabu Agarwal opposite Sapna Sangeet Talkies to Kasturbagram at Prem Joshi’s residence and the tree is flourishing there.

The tree was transplanted last year under the guidance of Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Mansingh Jain who provided the technical know-how. Jain told Hindustan Times that during the transplantation, mud from the original location of the tree was taken and used at the place of transplantation so that root system mycorhizal association of roots was maintained to ensure survival of the tree. He reasoned that like humans trees, too, like familiar environment.

Jain said the tree was transplanted last year on February 25, which was a Herculean task as one crane, one JCB machine, dumper and trolley were engaged in the work, which cost about Rs 20,000. He informed that this was the first case of successful transplant of grownup tree in Indore district. He reasoned that since religious sentiments were attached to this tree people were unwilling to let it be axed.

To mark the first anniversary of transplantation of the sacred tree a small get-together, Puja and Hawan was also organised at Prem Joshi’s residence today.

Organic farmer Prem Joshi informed that aura of ‘pipal’ tree has healing powers and it can cure mental disturbances and skin disease. He added that a patient of arthritis Shantibai, who was given medication under this tree, was cured faster. Joshi revealed that the treatment, which would otherwise take more than a month, was completed in merely 22 days owing to
the healing powers of this tree.

He further said that this tree was very sacred and it was perhaps the only tree, which releases oxygen 24 hours. He disclosed that every tree has an aura and by sitting under the three people get relief. Emotionally disturbed person can become tranquil by sitting under ‘Ashok’ tree, he opined.

He averred that a 20-year-old ‘pipal’ tree is worth about Rs 50 lakh if its environmental benefits are also taken into consideration, as in the period of 20 years more than one crore birds are fed from this tree. Joshi disclosed that Pipli (fruit of this tree) can cure impotency and its roots can cure chronic asthma. He informed that aim behind shifting this tree was to give a message that there was no need to cut trees, as they can be shifted. Prior to shifting, the tree was pruned and within one month of shifting, fresh leaves started growing on it.

Joshi disclosed that Public Works Department (PWD) had asked them to help in shifting of more than 300, 20-year-old trees but the deal has not yet been finalised.

The height of the tree at the time of transplantation was more than 50 feet and its circumference was 180 cms and no tree of such dimensions had ever been transplanted earlier in the City. Earlier an attempt was made to transplant mango trees in the City but it turned out to be damp squib. However, this tree has survived. Jain informed that such cases of successful transplantation of grownup trees could be seen in Gujarat and Delhi.

Entire work of transplantation of this tree was done by four residents of the City - Mansingh Jain, a businessman Rambabu Agarwal a resident of Chawni, Satish Gupta and Prem Joshi, a resident of Kasturbagram.