MahaMetro’s curved road at Bharat Nagar to affect only 40 trees

NAGPUR: In view of the protests by green activists, MahaMetro has started to plan a curved road instead of a straight one to reduce the number of trees uprooted on Dr Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) land at Bharat Nagar. However, MahaMetro is firm on developing the alternative road to divert traffic when the stretch along Futala Lake is closed for redevelopment in the near future.

A team from MahaMetro on Tuesday conducted a preliminary survey on PDKV land to demarcate the alignment of proposed road. It was the first survey on the site. Until now, the plan for the proposed road was only on paper.

A MahaMetro official told TOI that fewer than 40 trees will affected in the proposed road. “We will not construct a straight road, to minimize impact on the greenery. We have identified an area that is lying vacant. We will construct a curved road. And, we will plan transplantation of trees instead of chopping them down,” he said.

MahaMetro officials added exact demarcation of proposed road will be finalized later after final survey. “Proposed road’s entry and exit point will remain the same. The road will start from PDKV compound wall near Bharat Nagar Square on Amravati Road, and will end at the office of Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) on Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir road,” he said.

The width of the proposed road will be 18 meter and length will be 500 meter.

Earlier, MahaMetro in association with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had planned a straight road as it was reserved in the city’s development plan. A straight road is likely to come at the cost of around 500 big trees.

Activist Jaydeep Das, who launched an online petition and lodged complaints with office bearers and officials, said MahaMetro should just drop the plan to construct the road. “The road in front of Futala Lake will be closed for just one year. There are many alternate roads to divert traffic. The road, whether straight or curved, will cause damage to the environment. Transplantation of big trees is not possible. And, other trees situated on the premises will also be affected once traffic movement begins. Large number of birds, monkeys etc in the premises will also get disturbed,” he said.

Apart from activists, many residents of Bharat Nagar have come out in support of Das’ campaign against the proposed road. Das is also planning to file a PIL in the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court opposing the proposed road.

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