Five fully-grown trees in Vashi dry up, locals suspect foul play
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. Local residents are clueless as to what went wrong with the fully grown trees.