Five fully-grown trees in Vashi dry up, lo­cals sus­pect foul play

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Five rain trees in front of the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Board of Sec­ondary and Higher Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion of­fice at Vashi, sec­tor 17 have dried up over the past few weeks.

The lo­cal res­i­dents are how­ever, clue­less about what went wrong with the fully-grown trees.

Ac­cord­ing to them, all five trees will be 30 to 45-years-old.

“When we first spot­ted the leaves of the trees fall­ing off, we thought it was a nat­u­ral process and that new leaves would come af­ter a few days. To our sur­prise, en­tire trees dried up af­ter a few weeks,” said Ra­jesh Sharma, 34, a res­i­dent of sec­tor 17.

“We don’t think that any­one in­jected the trees with medicines to kill them. How­ever, it is nec­es­sary to find out the ex­act rea­sons be­hind their deaths. Oth­er­wise, a day will come when we will have no op­tion but to chop off all the trees af­ter they dry up like this,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, rain trees dry up dur­ing sum­mers when they are at­tacked by in­sects. “There is one in­sect called milli buck which at­tacks rain trees and thus causes their deaths. We think these trees also fell prey to such bucks,” said Abba Vit­thal Ran­vare, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist from the city.

“There are in­stances where peo­ple in­tend­ing to chop off trees in­jected them with medicines and killed them. At Vashi sec­tor 17, near Ab­hyu­daya Bank, two such rain trees were killed by uniden­ti­fied peo­ple,” he added.

BACHCHAN KUMAR

Lo­cal res­i­dents are clue­less as to what went wrong with the fully grown trees.

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