Even as the temperature in Telangana is on the rise partly due to the indiscriminate felling of trees, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is all set to inflict more harm on the environment by removing the green cover in the city citing development reasons.
As part of GHMC’s Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP), the authorities have decided to fell hundreds of trees around the KBR National Park at Jubilee Hills. The 390-acre park, located between Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills and housing the famous Chiran Palace complex, is home to peacocks and a few animals.
The SRDP aims to build a flyover from KBR Park entrance to Jubliee Hills junction and to improve the pedestrian facilities. The first phase of the project costs Rs 2,631 crore.
While the GHMC officials have promised to plant saplings instead of the trees they fell, the green activists have opposed the move and have been staging protest, hugging trees and tying saries and ties to the trees marked to fell.
The event began with a song titled ‘Hyderabad ko Greenabad Banayenge’ by environmentalist Sanghamitra Malik and this was followed by a talk by Hyderabad Rising Volunteers about the importance of KBR Park in water table replenishment and in the reduction of the carbon footprint in the city.
The volunteers also explained to people regarding the importance of the walkway or eco-sensitive zone around the KBR National Park and informed that any damage to this walkway will have a detrimental effect on the national park.
The members of Hyderabad Rising are planning to submit a memorandum to the state government with an appeal to refrain from felling trees for the Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP).