Save 25000 Trees from being chopped in Balawala for a Research College in Dehradun

Save 25000 Trees from being chopped in Balawala for a Research College in Dehradun

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Aanchal Sharma started this petition to Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami (Chief Minister, Uttarakhand) and

Respected Sir, 

Today We all are aware of the apocalyptic effects of  climate change. 

This year alone Uttarakhand has faced Glacier burst in winters, cloud bursts and landslides in summers. Just everyday we are trying to survive from our biggest enemy Climate change. 

Only our old forests,  untouched River beds can save us. 

It is really disappointing to see educated, policy makers producing projects where thousands of old trees are to be chopped. 

Sir, on the way to Haridwar from Dehradun comes an area called Balawala forest where "25000" trees are going to be chopped for a installation of a Research college. Balawala forest almost touches the Shivalik Elephant Reserve, and comes under the forest range of Raipur Area in district dehradun. 

 In Times of India dated 25 July 2021 one of the forest officer said and i quote "acquiring land from people requires heavy amount of money, on the other hand the Govt just has to pay the present net value while acquiring the forest land ". 

Respected Sir, 103 acre of this biodiversity rich land for the college campus has also been identified. Counting of 5000 trees has already done. 

 

We ask our Government to  look into these options - 

1)Acquire land from people 

2)Use Gram panchayat land

3)Use Nagar Nigam land 

4)Since 102 Undergraduate and postgraduate colleges are there in Uttarakhand, give IISER status to any. 

 

Biodiversity in Balawala forest includes- Elephants a schedule 1 fauna, IUCN red listed endangered specie, leopards, Deers,Snakes,monkeys, wildboars and many other local wildlife. 

Infact Just last year that is on the 8th of November 2020 a 3 km long solar fencing was inaugurated to stop the movement of Elephants from Balawala Forest to the nearby human settlements and agricultural fields.

This shows that there is a rich Elephant population and if Balawala forest is chopped there can be human animals conflict where casualties of both sides happen. 

Flora consists of Sal , litchi, Jamun, Peepal, Neem, kher, Sheeshum etc. 

And most importantly River song. That is one of the last alive rivers of Dehradun. 

Importance of Balawala Forest - 

1)Balawala forest serves as a air purifier to Dehradun and its densely populated adjoining areas. 

2)It also reduces the chance of human animal conflict. As both have equal spaces in that habitats

3)Since it is a old forest its capacity to sequester carbon is extremely high. 

4)Secure Ground water. These naturally grown old forests are the reason for rainfall, accumulation of ground water.  

5)Maintaining Temperature. 

 

Planting new saplings can never replace these ancient trees. 

As we have seen in the past planted saplings havnt survived nor has Tree Transplant as they are over the transplant age. 

Sir our dehradun 's Green cover is decreasing.

No amount of Plantation can replace our old forests. But yes new Plantation is also necessary for compensating what has been lost. 

Our endangered elephants need space to commute, reproduce. Already their population is decreasing day by day. 

We urge our Government to please reconsider this decision and go ahead with the research college where no forest biodiversity, River, ecosystem is harmed. 

We are looking forward to your positive response �

#SaveBalawalaForest

Dr Aanchal Sharma 

The Earth And Climate Initiative 

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