Bhubaneswar :12/5/19:Cyclone ‘Fani’ virtually wiping out its green cover, Bhubaneswar conferred the coveted smartest city tag will never be same again.
The infrastructure loss that cyclone caused may be compensated. But reviving the lush-green blanket that adorned the bustling capital of the eastern state prior to May 3 is a daunting task to achieve.
The city with its rows of street-side trees was providing green ambience. It is being widely believed that the lush-green environs had led the union government to confer the no.-1 rank among country’s smart cities. But that has become a thing of past. Nature’s fury dealt mighty blow ripping apart the green surroundings.
Exact number of trees that cyclone uprooted yet to be enumerated. However unofficial estimate puts the tree loss to the tune of ten lakhs. It’s the city’s fall from grace, induced by nature.
The environmental cost of the massive loss in green cover will be of manifold. The greenery loss will lead to increase in air pollution, thinning down of ground water table besides rise in temperature and atmospheric humidity. The city has already turned into concrete jungle with spurt skyscrapers and multi-storied apartments, according to experts.
Side by restoration of damaged infrastructure, tree plantation needs to be initiated as part of post-cyclone reconstruction work. But the plantation programme has to be carried out with vision. The plantation of trees like neem, karanj and bananas is the need of the hour as these species are capable of withstanding gusty wind velocity. The casuarina and eucalyptus trees are susceptible to cyclone and storm. The government agencies should keep away from planting these species, said green activists.