Pune: The Horticulture Department has transplanted as many as 206 trees which were obstructing the construction work of metro near Harris Bridge to Kharalwadi.
The metro route passes through a total number of 419 trees in a five-km stretch of which 206 trees have been transplanted and if required the rest would also be transplanted.
In a press conference Bhanudas Mane, Metro Deputy General Manager, Horticulture Department, said, “Out of 419 trees which were on the metro route, 206 trees have been transplanted at three places in
Pimpri-Chinchwad. The replantation is done at Kasarwadi STP, Yashawantrao Chavan Gulab Pushpa Udyan in Bhosari Industrial Estate and Sant Tukaram Nagar, ST stand. At Kasarwadi, 130 trees which are above six inches to two feet are transplanted, at Gulab Pushpa Udyan 68 trees are transplanted, which are below six inches and at Sant Tukaram Nagar eight trees have been transplanted which are above two feet.”
“We started the work of transplantation of trees four months ago. The trees are mostly Mahogany tree (Khaya tree), almond tree (Terminalia Catappa), Gulmohar tree (Delonix regia), Peltophorum tree, Royal palm and Ashoka trees (Saraca asoca) which are indigenous. Initially, Jagtap Horticulture Pvt Ltd and Miniature and Miniature Horticulture Pvt Ltd were appointed for a demo work where they had transplanted three trees each at Sahayog Kendra, behind Vallabh Nagar ST stand. Earlier, Metro had also transplanted 68 trees to Gulab Pushpa Udyan from February to March,” Mane said.
Now Green Morning has been given the contract for transplantation and they have transplanted 78 trees, Mane informed.
He also said that the tender for transplantation was of Rs 2.3 crore and more trees will be transplanted if required.
“We are using arboriculture technique,” he added.