The Biodiversity and Ecology Environment Network (BEE NET) has strongly condemned chopping off of fully grown up trees about 200 in number in the name of broadening and development of National Highways.
BEE NET Secretary S Bhubol, in a press release, said it was an unruly act to chopped down of those trees growing by the southern side of the Manipur University Main Gate along the Imphal Moreh National Highway-39.
He strongly urged environment department to give strict directives to all concerns to protect trees while taking up development activities and to pass through Environment Impact Assessment clearance.
Though some rows of the trees had to be reluctantly cut down for the said road development, at least two rows of them would be left but all the trees have been aggressively and completely hacked as laymen who seem not understand still the value of a tree in this alarming situation of climate change being made mainly by human ignorance or immaturity, he observed.
He further said the trees had been giving shades to many passersby and shelter to many indigenous birds, besides their unending valuable services of producing oxygen, controlling the noise pollution, absorbing CO2, cleaning the air around and giving peaceful resting place.