ASHUTOSH SHARMA

Citadel - - PUNEITES SPEAK -

Re­la­tion­ship Man­ager, iVol­un­teer

Em­press Botan­i­cal Gar­den has a long his­tory, and as we all know, it has been there since 1880, nur­tur­ing and pre­serv­ing the flora of the re­gion, and a safe haven to a lot of beau­ti­ful birds and a good pic­nic and ed­u­ca­tional spot for a lot of fam­i­lies and school stu­dents also. How can one even think this as an op­tion to build bun­ga­lows for of­fi­cers? Do we have the right to ask some­body to leave their homes just like that? Here, those some­body are the birds. Just be­cause we hu­man be­ings are on the top of the food web, we can­not take such de­ci­sions, which will dis­turb the eco­log­i­cal bal­ance. I can un­der­stand that the de­part­ments want to give their of­fi­cers a place to live, to look after the gar­den, but the govern­ment should un­der­stand that it took a lot of ef­forts and pa­tience to build such a place with rich bio­di­ver­sity. I be­lieve the govern­ment should start al­lot­ting empty land to build bun­ga­lows for these of­fi­cers close to the gar­den and not in­side it. An­other op­tion that can be con­sid­ered by the govern­ment is to de­velop large lands sim­i­lar to the Em­press Gar­den, and also plan to build houses for of­fi­cers who will look after it. Ac­cord­ing to me, clear­ing a part of the Em­press Gar­den is clearly ruled out

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