Landscaping Flip-side: Squall Uproots 150 Bushes | Gurgaon Information


Gurgaon: The squall toppled round 150 bushes within the metropolis on Monday morning. Most of those have been in inexperienced belts or landscaped areas.
Specialists mentioned this had occurred as a result of the roots of the bushes in landscaped areas will not be as robust as they obtain insufficient vitamins due to concretisation round them.
The bushes, most of them over 30 years previous, have been utterly uprooted and there’s no means they are often transplanted, in line with the specialists.
The civic authorities eliminated the bushes blocking the roads in a number of areas, reminiscent of sectors 14 and 15, Civil Strains, MG Highway, Kanhai Chowk and Southern Peripheral Highway. Extreme winds with speeds of 60-90kmph lashed the town on Monday, accompanied by heavy rain.
Requested why fully-grown bushes get uprooted within the metropolis yearly after a spell of rain, specialists instructed TOI the bushes have been rising in an unhealthy method.
“There are three clear causes for bushes getting uprooted in Gurgaon. Town is totally concretised. Tree progress right here is unhealthy as they’re unable to get any vitamins. Because of this, they’re weak. Furthermore, bushes have a really poor root system in a metropolis panorama. In addition they have heavy biomass, which implies they’re heavy on the highest. As bushes are typically not pruned correctly attributable to lack of know-how, the heavy branches can’t be sustained by the roots. In a pure ecosystem, bushes handle their biomass by spreading their root system deep into the soil. This isn’t potential in metropolis areas,” mentioned CR Babu, professor emeritus and head of the Centre for Environmental Administration of Degraded Ecosystems at Delhi College.
Additionally, a number of inexperienced belts have been created on or close to the drains, affecting the expansion of roots of those bushes, specialists mentioned. “We’re dropping tree cowl yearly due to unplanned plantations. Civic our bodies have to analyse the place they need to develop inexperienced belts in order that the bushes can get sufficient house to develop,” mentioned Vaishali Chandra Rana, an environmental activist.
Requested if the fallen bushes might be saved, Babu mentioned: “If the highest root is undamaged, a mound might be constructed across the tree as a supporting construction and it may be saved. If its roots are intact, the tree shouldn’t be eliminated altogether.”
It’s society’s accountability to save lots of these bushes, he additional mentioned. “Earlier than transplantation of a tree, its roots must be handled for 2 to 3 months in order that new roots develop after the transplantation. If the roots are broken and the tree is previous, probabilities of survival after transplantation are very low,” he mentioned.
MCG officers, in the meantime, mentioned city landscaping made bushes top-heavy and so they required common pruning. As bushes aren’t pruned commonly, they have a tendency to get uprooted throughout heavy gusts of wind. The forest division’s nod is required for the pruning of any tree within the metropolis. “On account of irregular pruning, the crown (prime portion) of bushes will get larger and heavier, ensuing within the tree falling after rain and wind,” mentioned Subhash Yadav, a nodal officer of MCG in addition to GMDA’s surroundings wing. Requested what they deliberate for the uprooted bushes, he mentioned, “They are going to be saved in a timber depot and auctioned later.”


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