November 23, 2015
Trees are decreasingly becoming safe places for birds to sit on or build nests on. They are increasingly turning into spaces for hanging billboards. Trees are also turning scapegoat when a building has to come up on a site, as they get nails driven into them for hanging advertisement material.
The tree guards that are used to protect them from animals need to be removed after a certain time to keep the plants healthy. There has not been enough done by the Government to save trees or to stop such destructive activities. Some NGOs are doing as much as they can to save the trees.
M. Ananth, Founder of Nest Organization says: “Using trees for advertising has been happening from a long time. I have been trying to stop this by talking with the Forest Department. They say that they are not responsible for the trees inside the city. And, that they were only responsible for the reserve forest. They also say that they have very less manpower. When I go to the Police they direct me to the Forest Department. The buck is simply passed on”, he said
Frustrated by this, he suggests that a special committee should be formed, which will consist of representatives from the police and Forest Department, and headed by the District Collector.
Dr. R. Karpagam, Founder of Oli Awareness Movement says that legally nothing was being done. “Mayor P. Rajkumar started an initiative but then it was not taken forward successfully. We as an organization formed a committee to stop this. But we didn’t get any support from the Government. There are places in India where tree wardens are being appointed to take care of the trees. But this is not happening in Coimbatore. A proper committee, with support from the Government, should be formed to stop these acts from happening”.