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Friday, 17 July 2020

PWD seeks to axe trees in Sangrur locality, locals fume

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 16

The decision of Public Works Department (Building and Roads) to prune fully grown trees along the telephone exchange road here to shift the electricity poles nearer to the road has angered the area residents. Reportedly, another objective behind the move is to widen the road.

The locals wrote to the senior authorities today, and announced that they would approach the court. In the letter, residents alleged that the department had plans to shift the poles nearer to the road from telephone exchange to Tilak Ram petrol pump. They said there was no need to widen the road, as it witnessed light traffic.

After Harwinder Singh Sekhon (88), a resident, came to know about the decision of the authorities, he started a campaign to save the green cover of the area. Later, he was joined by other residents.

PWD sub-divisional officer Ajay Garg said the department had decided to prune the trees to widen the road, adding that for the rest of the queries, the residents could contact Executive Engineer Vipan Bansal.

Initially, Bansal denied having any knowledge of the decision, but later said they had written to the senior authorities for permission to uproot the trees.

Sangrur DC Ramvir said: “I have directed the PWD Executive Engineer to look into the matter immediately to ensure justice to the residents,” he said.

from The Tribune

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