Hyderabad Metro rail may run over 328 trees

The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) wants to get rid of more than 320 trees to make way for multi-level parking facilities in the heart of the city. Worrying environmentalists said it will only increase air pollution and rob locals of little lung space in the city.

The HMR authorities have sought permission for the removal of 328 trees and an application has been filed with the Andhra Pradesh forest department to remove or relocate 105 trees in Punjagutta, 160 trees in Errummanzil Colony, 18 trees near Hi-Tec City in Madhapur and 45 trees in Balanagar. The Tree Protection Committee (TPC), which met on November 15, said it would inspect these sites on November 28 and take a final call on it.

According to metro officials, 25 locations have been identified in different parts of the city meant for multi- layered parking facilities with skywalks, lifts or escalators meant to channel between these parking spaces and metro stations.

Source : Times of India