The Telangana government's Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP), might decongest traffic in the IT corridor, but it will come at the price of trees.
Writing for the Times of India, Swathi Iyer writes that work on construction of a 1.23-km long flyover in Kukatpally has been started, and is already witnessing the axing of trees.
Meanwhile, R Sreedhar, chief engineer (Projects), GHMC told TOI, "The work on construction of flyovers at four locations has already begun. Trees that fall on the median at these junctions will likely be felled. These will mostly comprise of ornamental trees. The Tree Protection Committee has already given permissions for axing these trees in April last year."
Last year in July, amid much controversy, the Telangana government accorded administrative approval for construction of multi-level flyovers and junctions in Hyderabad at a cost of Rs.2,631 crore.
The SRDP is part of the state's plan to construct multi-layer flyovers over 20 junctions in the city.
However, one of the flyovers would come at the cost of section of KBR Parkās green cover.
Several citizens protested, and even moved the Hyderabad High Court and the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Following a public interest petition filed by environmentalist K Purshottam Reddy in the HC, the court told the state that "cutting trees is no solution."
The NGT too directed the Telangana government to maintain status quo around KBR park and also stayed its controversial government order (GO 19) issued on May 13 last year.
However, the state is going ahead with its other construction works which were part of the SRDP.