Bhubaneswar: Forest officials and volunteers have secured as many as 2346 partly uprooted trees so far in Bhubaneswar, forest officials said today. More than 2 lakh trees have been uprooted in the state capital during cyclone Fani.
As per the information of the department around 1200 trees have been restored on the stretch between Jaydev Vihar and Nandankanan while 300 trees have been restored on the city Airport Road.
Forest officials said that the City Forest Division has identified an area of 50 kilometres in and around the city for restoration of trees by the end of this month. “Several volunteers have also joined us in the mission and we will try out best to save maximum trees,” said a forest official.
Thousands of trees were uprooted in various stretches in the city. Roads connecting Vani Vihar-Master Canteen Square, Jaydev Vihar-Nandankanan and Acharya Vihar- Sainik School Square were badly affected in the cyclone.
Fani had caused severe damage to the tree cover in the 14 affected districts. As per the information by the department, around 9 lakh trees worth Rs 270 crore were uprooted in forest and sanctuary areas while 5 lakh trees worth Rs 150 crore were uprooted outside forest and sanctuary area. Forest officials said that more than 8 lakh saplings worth Rs 39.5 crore were also destroyed in the cyclone.