In Visakhapatnam, the surge of beautification and development initiatives is drawing attention to a significant decline in the city’s green cover, sparking worries about the environmental repercussions. Once lush green areas now bear the marks of dried-up trees, raising concerns about the balance between urban development and environmental preservation.
The issue gained prominence following a controversial incident involving a 50-year-old tree near Pandurangapuram Road, close to All India Radio. The tree was relocated as part of development efforts but unfortunately withered away after the move, igniting discussions about the sensitivity of such actions and their impact on the environment.
The relocation trend extends to numerous other trees across various areas of the city. Reports indicate that 70 trees from East Point Colony to Beach Road, 27 from Polytechnic College, and 37 from Anakapalli Y Junction to Sunkarimetta have been translocated. Additionally, a proposal to relocate 162 trees from Akkayyapalem to the national highway is awaiting approval.
While the transplantation process involves several measures aimed at ensuring the trees’ survival, concerns have surfaced, particularly regarding trees near the Government Chest Hospital. Despite meticulous relocation efforts, these trees have dried up, casting doubts on the efficacy of such initiatives and raising questions about the long-term sustainability of the city’s green spaces.
The growing apprehension surrounding the loss of green cover underscores the need for a comprehensive approach that prioritizes both urban development and environmental conservation. As Visakhapatnam continues to evolve, striking a balance between progress and environmental stewardship remains crucial for the well-being of the city and its residents.