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.