J&K to re­move `un­healthy' Rus­sian po­plar trees

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE JAMMU and Kash­mir High Court has is­sued a fresh or­der ask­ing for the re­moval of Rus­sian po­plar trees across the Kash­mir val­ley. Dur­ing sum­mers, fe­male po­plar trees ( pop­u­lous del­toids) shed a cot­ton-like ma­te­rial car­ry­ing seeds that cause al­lergy and ag­gra­vate res­pi­ra­tory dis­or­ders. "The health of gen­eral public is of para­mount im­por­tance than in­ter­est of in­di­vid­u­als who plant po­plar trees of Rus­sian species," the court ob­served. It said that tehsil­dars would be re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing com­pli­ance with the or­ders passed by deputy com­mis­sion­ers for felling of the trees. In re­sponse, the state gov­ern­ment has said that "the or­der will take time to be im­ple­mented". In April, the court had is­sued another or­der that was not im­ple­mented, fol­low­ing which the court di­rected the gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment the or­der at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble and wher­ever nec­es­sary.

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