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After being spared in 2019 owing to the efforts of the nature lovers of Hyderabad, the banyans of Chevella are once again in danger, with the proposal for road widening getting sanction from the Central Government, according to a report in The Hindu on 22 September 2021.
The banyans on the Chevella road are precious. There are no such tree clusters to be found anywhere in a radius of 40 km around Hyderabad, and certainly none in such numbers. If these gentle giants die, a part of Telangana’s heritage dies with them, and we cannot let this happen especially now that Telangana has the distinction of being declared a Green State. Cutting them would amount to murder most foul – for each banyan is a veritable living universe in itself, and collectively these have developed into a unique habitat – home to myriad birds and creatures, big and small.
What’s more, among all trees, banyans are irreplaceable, for they take decades to grow, centuries to mature, and their interlocking canopies above the roads and their prop roots coming down offer a spectacle that rivals any wonder in the natural world.
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|The Hindu, 22 September 2021|