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Tree transplantation drive on Ferozepur Road to give a tough time to commuters in Ludhiana

1,122 trees to be relocated; technical experts want Ferozepur Road to be closed for 100 days; admn yet to take final call

punjab Updated: Aug 22, 2018 13:22 IST
Mohit Khanna 
Mohit Khanna 
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Tree transplantation,Ferozepur Road,Ludhiana
Construction of elevated road project in progress on the Ferozepur Road on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Saving over 1,000 trees is set to be a herculean task for authorities as the experts have suggested that the section of Ferozepur Road dedicated to the elevated road project will have to remain closed for over 100 days in order to carry out the tree transplantation drive.

Forest officials had said as many as 1,122 trees, which were in queue to face the axe due to the upcoming project on Ferozepur Road, could be saved and transplanted on Canal Road.

Traffic, the major roadblock

However, traffic has become a major roadblock for this project to turn into reality.

Divisional forest officer (DFO) Charanjit Singh on Tuesday held a meeting with the traffic police and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to discuss the modalities of the project.

The representatives of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), a joint venture of Volvo Group India and Eicher Motors, were also invited in the meeting to assist in the technical aspect of the project.

Company’s technical assistant Ravi Kumar said, “We have counted 402 trees on one side, while 722 trees have been marked on the other side leading to Mullapur Road from Bharat Nagar Chowk.”

“The transplantation is possible, but traffic is turning out to be the biggest hindrance for the project. For transplanting trees, we need to close the section of Ferozepur Road where the construction work is in progress,” Ravi said.

He said even after diverting the traffic, only 10 trees could be transplanted in a day.

“There is another challenge ahead. While uprooting the trees, we have to take into consideration the overhead power cables that are passing through the area,” he added.

If all goes well, then Ludhiana will become the first district in the country to transplant over 1,000 trees under a single project.

Passage from university could be a possibility

Rahul Verma, who is representing one of the NGO associated with the Ludhiana Chipko Movement, said he will hold another round of talks with Ravi Kumar.

“There would be no need of closing the Ferozepur Road if Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities agree to provide a passage through the varsity,” Verma has suggested.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 13:22 IST