Augmenting the adversities of the current times, Cyclone Tauktae wreaked havoc in Goa and Maharashtra and significant damage and destruction were caused to the local ecosystems. Affected by the high-speed winds ushered by the storms, a 50-year-old Banyan tree got uprooted at Mumbai's Bandra. While its fate could have turned darker, some noble souls aggregated their efforts to provide it a new home and now it stands safe at the Bandra Promenade.
An initiative by environmentally active & agile citizens!
Located at the Bandra 15th road close to the famous Linking Road, the aged tree couldn't bear the brunt of the cyclonic winds and titled to its side. As per reports, the surrounding conditions were not conducive to reinstalling the tree, which meant that chopping it off was the only solution. Reportedly, the tree damaged a car, an iron enclosure and caused some harm to a nearby building. Feared by this, the local dwellers thought that the tree might fall again if placed at the same spot.
Thereafter, a group of proactive individuals including some locals, a corporator and some people from a biodiversity group undertook this plan to find a new home for the tree. Reportedly, Preeksha Pahuja, a Khar resident and teacher approached Vaata Foundation which aids in translocating the trees and it offered to support the program. Further, reports state that help from BMC was also asked for, in terms of hydraulic machines and other gadgets. On Tuesday, the 40-tonne tree found a new habitat through a large and deep trench dug at the Bandra Promenade for this purpose.
While environmentalists and nature lovers will rejoice in this news, it is the shared responsibility of all citizens to make sure that our ecosystem stands protected. When we love and care for the different living creatures around us, nature loves us back and showers us with plenty of gifts.