How does the city welcome its international delegates for the upcoming CoP-11 Biodiversity Summit? In a shocking irony, the municipal corporation is playing its signature tune of apathy. It has in the last two days chopped off the lush green cover dotting the stretch of road leading to the CoP-11 venue, HICC. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has in a master stroke axed over 150-200 trees to widen the road from Hitex to HICC. And what exactly triggered this green murder? This road will be used for vehicles entering and leaving the summit venue. And to support the twisted plan, this leafy stretch has been stripped to its last leaf over the weekend, trees piled up on six trucks and transported .
The irony of it all seems lost on the powers that be. The GHMC has put up many hoardings coaxing people to appreciate biodiversity ahead of CoP-11 and planting all kinds of shrubs and trees on road dividers and islands, but the message of conserving this biodiversity is lost on the officials themselves. The brisk chopping of trees of indigenous species including subabul, tamarind, banyan that started on Friday continued until Sunday evening. Less than a handful of these trees were translocated, given that chopping is cheaper than translocating , officials admitted. And it was evident from the haphazard cutting of trees that in most cases not even an attempt was made to protect the roots for translocation. All the trees were aged over 15 to 20 years or even more.
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