Manubhai Shah of Manav Seva Education and Charitable Trust of Ahmedabad & about 100 supporters descended to the forest department office in Sanand and gave the officials flowers, about 150kg of flowers, to draw their attention to the trees plight.
Shah said that they were not against development, but they were definitely against the felling of trees. “I am not saying a negative thing. Roads should be widened but only those trees that are in the way should be cut,” he said.
There is a discrepancy in the number of trees that are being taken down to make way for the wider road; Officials say the number of trees being felled is 183, the activists say it’s more like 500-600.
The group is also demanding that new trees are planted to offset those that are cut down & that the forest department should be responsible for maintaining them. D Parmar, a range forest officer, has said that it is not a good idea to cut down the trees but as a government official he has to follow orders from above.