A Decayed Tree Uprooted near Kadri Damages Utility Cables, except MESCOM Wires

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A Decayed Tree Uprooted near Kadri Damages Utility Cables of GEO, Airtel & other companies, except MESCOM Wires, since the electric wires were not in the way of the fallen tree. While people had electricity in that locality, many lost internet and TV connectivity from last evening until now- utility company’s crew members are working to restore the damaged cables/lines

Mangaluru: Not long ago, a dead tree which was sitting idle for years near the Mallikatta Library, opposite Mallikatta Neuro Centre, got uprooted due to heavy winds and rain during late-night hours and landed in the middle of the road causing obstruction to traffic movement, and a few days later a coconut tree fell on a moving bus, also near Malikkata Circle, now due to the careless of the officials of Mangaluru City Corporation, a decayed tree near Kadri Petrol Bunk/Opposite to Car Decor came crashing down due to heavy downpour and strong winds on Saturday, 2 July.

Luckily the incident happened late in the evening and not many pedestrians at that time, there were no injuries or damages done. Usually, during the daytime, many vehicles park along the side stretch of the Kadri -Nanthoor road. The tree got uprooted on its own due to strong winds, one headache less for Mangaluru city Corporation to face any criticism or objection from the activists/environmentalists, if they had to cut down that tree during the ongoing road work. Similarly there are quite a few old trees on that stretch of that road which may get uprooted or come crashing down during the treacherous monsoon weather, and the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye.

Many shop owners speaking to Team Mangalorean said that they have complained to MCC many times about these dangerous trees which may fall anytime, but no action has been taken from any officials until now. They are very much sure that sooner or later, these trees could crash just like the tree which fell this evening. So coming to the point, lately while scores of old trees have fallen all over the city following strong gales, resulting in damages to vehicles and property, why haven’t the concerned authorities taken any precautionary measures.

Most of the trees had no room for their roots to spread out and this led to gradual decay. In other cases, growing trees had their branches cut regularly on one side, because they leaned on to private property; the trees grew up lopsided and leaned far on to the roads. This means their remaining branches too were regularly being trimmed and they lost strength.

The concerned authorities are expected to monitor a city-wide “tree census” to determine how many trees are really a danger to traffic or at risk of falling down during heavy rain and strong winds. Trees which are unable to bear the air pollution and decaying should also be identified. But it seems like no one is doing their job right- and as a result, we have trees come crashing down on vehicles etc now and then. A few officials from MCC say that when they are ready to trim or cut down old and hazardous trees, they are usually stopped by environment activists or Forest dept officials- so they are in a fix. On the other hand, the problem with our MCC authorities is that they wait till the trees fall, and then only take action–like many trees that had fallen due to rains recently.

The safety of pedestrians and of all road users should be the first and most important priority for National Highway authorities and also local authorities and also for a State body that has responsibility in this area. Some of these trees may have a disease, which is a clear indication of root rot. Through this report, Team Mangalorean is asking as a matter of urgency with the concerned people at MCC and the Forest department that old and hazardous trees are inspected and that those that appear in any way dubious should be promptly removed before they crash down resulting in injuries or death to motorists or pedestrians. And for every tree that is cut, plant 100 more trees, so at least human lives could be saved, and also prevent damages to property and vehicles.

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  1. next to this there is one more tree which will fall soon. opposite road, hope liability will be fixed on Mcc

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