Don't axe 8,000 trees (near Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar) for a road-widening project
Why is this important?
The beautiful road leading up to Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar is flanked by gorgeous trees, some over 70 years old. The stretch includes the residences of some of the state's most influential residents like the governor and the chief minister.
Now, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has selected a 7-km stretch for a road-widening project, which means that over 8,000 trees risk being axed, in the name of "development".
At a time when green cover is shrinking, and the threats of climate change manifest in varied ways, cutting trees is absolutely unacceptable. The NHAI must cancel the road-widening project, or think of alternative routes that won't affect the trees.