YASHIKA THORAT

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Stu­dent

Em­press Botan­i­cal Gar­den is amongst the most his­toric and botan­i­cally im­por­tant gar­dens in Pune, and is home to many rare species of trees, flow­ers and birds. Pune’s splen­dour and pride are its wa­ter bod­ies, sur­round­ing green belts, hills, gar­dens, open spaces and nat­u­ral fea­tures like va­ri­eties of plants and birds. Many re­cent de­ci­sions of the state govern­ment spell dis­as­ter for the city. I ve­he­mently op­pose the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion on propos­ing con­struc­tion of residential quar­ters for govern­ment of­fi­cers in the iconic Em­press Botan­i­cal Gar­den. Re­duc­ing the trees will not only be haz­ardous to na­ture, but also it will af­fect the hu­man life as well as birds’ liveli­hood. Cut­ting trees is tak­ing away habi­tat from ac­tively nest­ing birds and will re­sult in in­jured, killed and dis­placed birds. Most of the species are head­ing to­wards ex­tinc­tion. Birds like spar­rows, pi­geons and crows are be­com­ing more rare. 78 per cent of earth was cov­ered with lush green forests and trees, but that has now de­creased to 72 per cent. All the trees help to re­duce toxic pol­lu­tion by tak­ing car­bon diox­ide in and pro­vid­ing fresh oxy­gen to hu­man be­ings. Per­cent­age of trees on earth is al­ready go­ing on de­creas­ing. Why are we so in­sen­si­tive to­wards our own en­vi­ron­ment and Mother Na­ture, who has so lov­ingly cra­dled and nur­tured us? So the Em­press Botan­i­cal Gar­dens are here to stay.

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