An age old banyan tree, right at the entrance of Ambazari Garden was subjected to another harsh reality of depletion of soil and the only no cost shade, considering the nearby site had its life at stake as the city is working in full fledge on broadening the roads. Due to expansions and to increase the width of the road passing by the Ambazari Garden, almost half of the soil structure on which the tree was situated had to be sacrificed and the roots of the tree were totally exposed and had no base to grab a strength.
Kaustav Chaterjee, founder of Green Vigil Foundation got in efforts to save one of the mammoth heritages around the city. Being already an active protestor against such actions, he later even got support of Abhijit Bangar, NMC Commissioner on tackling the issue of soil erosion.
The area around the tree is at its vulnerable condition as the remaining soil or the crust and core of the ground are totally damaged and the stones from the inner layer can be even pulled out by bare hands. This site can be seen on the main road passing by the garden.
Chaterjee posted a video on Facebook on the page of his NGO, Green Vigil Foundation. He even suggested to build a wall on the vandalized end of the area and asked NMC to fill the inner side of the wall with soil and fertilizers to aid the tree.
By the joint effort of Chaterjee and Bangar, a work plan to build a wall on the required side of the ground was sanctioned in the first week of May and the work was initiated on May 23. Bangar having his personal interests in saving the nature & its elements and at the same time being a nature enthusiast he took the challenges in his hands and gave immediate order to start acting on the issue.
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