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87K TREES NEED TO BE PLANTED ON B’NGIR ROADSIDES Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

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87K TREES NEED TO BE PLANTED ON B’NGIR ROADSIDES
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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While widening of roads is welcomed by people as it accelerates process of faster communication and helps bring economic development of a region, yet the felling of a large number of trees, most of them over 30 years’ old, are not tolerated in Balangir district as they damage the ecology system.
According to official sources, widening work has been taken up on four roads, Balangir-Sonepur road, Balangir-Patnagarh-Kantabanji-Chandotora, Balangiri-Salebhata and Balangir-Belgaon road. 
However forest approval for felling of roadside trees on Bolangir-Belgaon road  has not been given.
As per the rules, one tree has to be planted in every four metre gap on both sides of the road. Likewise, about 10,000 trees on along the Balangir -Sonepur road up to Bairsar, 57,000 trees along the Balangir-Patnagarh-Kantabanji-Chandotatra road and 20, 000 trees along the Balangir-Salebhata road needs to be planted as a compensatory measure.

The executing agency has submitted a proposal to the Forest Department stating that it would carry out plantation of 10 times the number trees to be felled and look after their maintenance for the next 10 years.

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