172 trees will be cut from sector 14 and 25 of Panjab University. The trees marked to be cut are found potentially dangerous for humans. Out of the 172 trees to be axed 151 are totally dried. These decayed trees serve no purpose and have a danger of falling and hurting people. The 21 green trees also have been chosen for the same reason. The green trees are located at Ankur School and Girls hostel 1 and 2. The green flora is from the eucalyptus family.
UT forests and wildlife department (Chandigarh) has given an approval for the felling of trees. A committee headed by Chemistry professor S.K. Kansal had identified these trees. Later, a team from UT forests and wildlife department came to campus to inspect.
Panjab University‘s horticulture department’s senior divisional engineer Anil Thakur said, “As the forest team has given a go ahead tenders have been floated for the same. These tenders are for removal and disposal of these trees. University has invited bids for parties who will cut and take these 172 trees away.”
The 21 green eucalyptuses will be sold off for rupees 5 lakh and the 151 dried up ones will get 3 lakh. These 151 trees include ashoka and modern neem. Since, their wood is dried and the trees are old they wouldn’t fetch much.
The university will be engaging a contractor because they do not have equipment and manpower to undertake a drive of this scale. The university officials also claim to have planted more than 5000 trees in the past few months. Vice Chancellor of PU said that it is University is aiming to plant new 25000 trees in the near future.