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Trichy Corporation comes under fire for trimming tree branches

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A day after students and environmentalists pulled out 1.5 kg nails hammered into trees in public places and sought authorities to act tough against offenders, Trichy Corporation on Tuesday came under criticism for trimming branches of native tree breeds in Subramaniapuram locality.
Though the civic body maintained that the process was a part of beautification initiative along Trichy-Pudukkottai NH, environmentalists raised suspicion as the civic body had trimmed trees present in front of the new urban district office of AIADMK which were hiding the view of latter.

On Tuesday morning, locals of Ponmalai and Subramaniapuram, localities rich in green cover, have spotted workers trimming well grown native trees including neem and beech. Upon questioning, the workers have stated that they were trimming as many as 8 trees on behalf of Trichy Corporation.

With the road being maintained by highways department, the puzzled residents worried on seeing trees being trimmed by Corporation entered into an altercation with the workers and a few corporation officials. Despite the opposition from residents, it is said that at least 8 trees near Sundarraj Nagar were trimmed with a portable chainsaw.
“Workers were trimming a few branches of well grown trees as the proposal has been mooted to beautify Trichy-Pudukkottai stretch by establishing roadside parks and walking tracks. Our intention was not to bring down trees as the Corporation itself has set a target to plant 1 lakh tree saplings in a year,” a senior corporation official told TOI.
However, the residents expressed their disappointment at seeing full grown branches of native tree breeds being trimmed for no valid reasons. “Beautification can be done even without trimming the well-grown trees. In future, the civic body may even prefer felling trees to beautify or to establish a park. The corporation should be a role model for residents in preserving green cover,” K C Neelamegam, a resident of Ponmalai said.
A section of residents and environmentalists also raised suspicion over the activities of the civic body in trimming selective trees that were hindering the clear view of the newly inaugurated urban district office of ruling party AIADMK.


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