HYDERABAD: Reprimanding the state government for its move to cut trees at the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy (KBR) Park in the city to construct a flyover, the Hyderabad High Court on Monday said that it would not allow them to cut down a single tree in the name of development.
Hearing a PIL filed by Hyderabad-based environmentalist K Purushottam Reddy, challenging the state government’s Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP) aimed at building flyover bridges in Hyderabad by chopping down trees, the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Dilip Bhosale and Justice P Naveen Rao observed that ‘cutting trees is no solution’.
Senior counsel L Ravichander, who appeared for the petitioner, informed the bench that as many as 2,393 trees, including around 2,000 trees in KBR Park, will be axed for constructing the bridge over KBR Park.
Development may be essential but at the same time parks like KBR should not be disturbed, Justice Bhosale observed. “We will not allow the government to cut a single tree from here,” he added.