Tree slaughter, with official sanction

cbe-043This  milestone on Sathy Road says Chamarajanagar is just 10 km away. From here we drove past scores of slaughtered trees all the way to the town. Amputated tree trunks on the roadside bore mute witness to an officially sanctioned havoc to green cover.           

cbe-065 This stretch of the road close to Chamarajanagar town has apparantly been left untouched.  Or could it be because the timber contractor, working his way towards the town from the sixth milestone,  has yet to make it here ?   Whatever the reason it was refreshing to see a stretch  of road so well shaded by the lofty spread of decades old roadside trees.

cbe-055If axe-men have their way,  this shaded  stretch may  become a memory before long.  

cbe-045We took this picture from inside  a car so  as not to  ‘distract’  workers of  the  timber contractor, who may not be appreciative  of  our amateur  camera   work.  cbe-050Elsewhere, logs  from a freshly slaughtered tree  await transport to saw mills and carpentry shops. 

cbe-056You could do a 1000 words on this picture.  But who needs words when the chopped trunks can speak.  Road-widening is cited as an obvious explanation. What is often not so obvious is that a minor fortune some people  stand to make by lobbying  for widening roads that are  rich with old avenue trees.cbe-054

cbe-058Telltale remains of a chopped tree on the left of the big one suggest that road-widening may well be a pretext for converting decades old trees into high value timber.  In many cases trees that got axed could have been saved, with marginal realignment of the stretch to be widened. But then saving trees fetch no money.  And these are sturdy old trees,  on which there is a fortune to be made  by bringing them under the axe.

Cross-posted from FORT-Mysore


3 Responses

  1. When I see choicest furniture with sturdy wood, I look for the tree that lost ! Man needs to invent some stuff other than trees for making furniture and wood work.

    Felt sad.


  2. Gruesome sights. Whwn will man learn to protect our trees?

  3. There is no end for greed. This roads will not be same again.

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