The proposed road widening works between Hyderabad and Bijapur is all set to pose a grave threat to the centuries-old banyan trees along the roadside.
According to the details available, over 1000 massive banyan trees have lined up along the existing road from Hyderabad to Bijapur via Shadnagar. Now with the government planning to expand the road on both sides to make it a four-lane highway, these trees have come under a severe threat. A city-based NGO Vata Foundation expressing its concern has moved a proposal with the government to relocate them in safe places, which is pending for approval. Meanwhile, the Vata is mobilising the public support to stop the government from taking up the road expansion works without relocating them.
It is said that over Ten thousand to Twenty thousand is needed to relocate each tree depending on the size of the tree. Over 900 of such giant banyan trees besides few other medium-sized standing majestically on the roadside needed to be relocated on a priority basis. Further details are awaited.