hundred of trees chopped at indirapark
GHMC staff cut down tens of trees to build a tennis court in Indira Park in the heart of the city without taking permission from the Forest Department. In total, 100 trees will be cut for the tennis courts, an official said. The corporation has also ignored the High Court order issued on August 8, 2020, asking the authorities to construct a tennis court in the vicinity of the park within five months. GHMC is constructing a 2.61 km four-lane corridor between Indira Park and VST at a cost of 350 crores. It will help motorists to avoid four traffic junctions at Baglingampally along with NTR Stadium, Ashoknagar, RTC Crossroads. In this background, some tennis players and nature lovers approached the court against this project, asking not to cut trees in Indira Park and tennis court. Advocate S. Raj Kumar, representing the petitioners, approached the High Court seeking to restrain the state government and GHMC from taking forward the elevated corridor as part of the Strategic Roads Development Program (SRDP).
GHMC has come forward to construct a new tennis court. It has promised to transfer all trees for construction of roads, skyways etc. as part of SRDP. Justice Challa Kodandaram recorded the assurance in his orders. The petition was closed by directing the GHMC to adhere to the deadline. Citing this, the Corporation has decided to cut trees in Indira Park premises without taking permission from any agency, even though there is enough space at NTR Stadium. Even though the GHMC authorities have not invited tenders, the construction work of the tennis court is progressing at a fast pace. Urban Biodiversity Officer P. Raghavendra Rao said that the trees were translocated and they were not cut. When asked why the trees looked like they had been cut, he was told that the displaced trees had sprouted. GHMC Superintendent Engineer (Secunderabad) P. Anil Raj said that the Corporation had not invited any tenders for the construction of the tennis court.