Roadside tree guards become collateral damage

Roadside tree guards become collateral damage

322 missing, 376 damaged in Srinagar
By NAZIMA SIDIQ
SRINAGAR: This spring the Social Forestry Department (SFD) has an added task at hand. Apart from planting trees along avenues in the city, the department has to mend and restore a significant number of tree guards damaged during the 2016 uprising.
Officials said the tree guards, made of iron grills, installed to protect trees from damage from cattle were removed and damaged by protesters the uprising at many places.
As many as 376 tree guards have been damaged while 322 have been reported missing in Srinagar, officials told Kashmir Reader.
Mushtaq Ahmad Gugreeh, Range Officer, Social Forestery Department, said the damage has been widespread across the city and its suburbs.
Commenting on the lost tree guards, Mushtaq said “We don’t know how they went missing, most probably they have been stolen later. Due to this Rs 9.50 lakh has been lost,” Mushtaq said.
As per official data, the highest damage to tree guards took place on Ali Jan Road where 187 guards were damaged and 219 went missing. In Tengpora Batamaloo 66 were damaged and 16 were missing. Along Chanpora Bund 58 were damaged and 15 missing, in Ahmad Nagar 18 were damaged and 25 missing, in Soura 11 were damaged and missing 25.
“The labour charge of one tree guards is Rs 600, along with the plant. People should save these trees guards it is for their benefit,” said Farooq Ahmad an official.
“Now this year we have to install 325 new tree guards out of which 225 have been installed in Railway line in Nowgam area while 100 have to be installed in other areas.”

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