Medak: Felling big trees during road widening or while constructing any new projects usually attracts a lot of criticism besides causing a great pain to officials engaged in the work since they know the efforts needed to raise each and every tree.
Drawing inspiration from the Telangana government’s efforts to improve the green cover across the State to reduce the effect of global warming on the environment, the Medak forest department had translocated 540 trees, which were actually to be felled for locating the Medak-Akkannapet Railway station, to the forest area near Ramayampet in line with a scientific procedure.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Divisional Forest Officer Padamajarani said that the success rate was very high in teakwood trees, while the rest of the species recorded just 50 per cent rate of survival. Of the total of 540 translocated trees, the DFO said that 340 teak wood trees of the 380 translocated ones survived. The rest were Naravepi, Moduga (Bueta Monosperma), Chinduga (White Siris), Nemalinara (Indian elm tree). Only about 80 of the 160 these trees survived.
Though the entire translocation was carried out during the hot summer in April, she said that they had recorded a good survival rate.
Elated by the success of the translocation, Padamajarani said that they would not allow the felling of any matured trees during road widening or under any development project in the coming days since they were capable of translocating each tree.
She attributed the success of the translocation to Additional PCCF (Principal Chief Conservator of Forests), RM Dobriyal, Collector, Bharathi Holikare, CCF (Chief Conservator of Forests) AK Sinha and team forest staff of Ramayampet forest range.