Even before a decision regarding the proposed but disputed Bharat Van road can be taken, another public notice has been issued by the Garden Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation inviting objections from the citizens to the proposed axing of 380 trees to make way for a new road through the Empress Mills land from East entrance of the Railway Station to Rajwada Palace.
Permission has been sought by Advisor (Administration), Administrative Office, Empress Mills, Nagpur, to axe 380 trees to pave way for construction of a 15 metre wide road on the land owned by Empress Mills.
As per a report in a leading daily, the trees in question are Subhabul, which sprout naturally as part of vegetation. They are said to consume a lot of water and grow fast. However, its leaves are in demand as they provide high protein fodder for animals.
According to Dayashankar Tiwari, Senior Corporator, the road project, which he first proposed in 2004, is important for easing out congestion on Central Avenue.
However, green activists of the city aren’t buying the argument and have appealed to citizens through social media to file objection letters.