SMC Plans To Plant Saplings During Rains

The garden department of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has become a little adventurous, ready to take chance with the nature. Heavy rain accompanied by high velocity winds may have left a trail of destruction in the Diamond City on Wednesday, but the department is ready to plant fresh lot of saplings on Gaurav Path.

Dozens of saplings were lined up in the dedicated space along both sides of Gaurav Path on Thursday to be planted, leaving them at the mercy of yet another spell of heavy rains and winds.

If monsoon fury saw uprooting of over 500 trees in many parts of the city, then hundreds of small plants and saplings in the dividers, traffic islands and main thoroughfares too were destroyed.

The weather forecast says there will be heavy to heavy rains in the next 48 hours in the city and adjoining areas, but the garden department is going ahead with its plan to plant saplings at various spots in the city.

Nihar Patel, a resident of Adajan, said, “Many small plants in the dividers, open plots and at residential societies were destroyed in the heavy rains and high velocity winds on Wednesday. Many were uprooted and will wither away if nobody takes care to re-plant them.”

Jigar Vyas, a private banker in Vesu, said, “The civic body should avoid planting trees in this season. I was surprised to see the saplings lined up at Gaurav Path ready to be planted.”

Viral Prajapati, environmentalist, said, “Rains and strong winds is a recurring phenomenon. We will advise the department to not plant any saplings as heavy rains will wash away the soil, resulting in untimely death of the plants.”

An officer of the garden department said, “We are taking utmost care while planting the saplings.”

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