Hyderabad: Hafeezpet government school has turned home to six trees, which would have been axed in November 2018 if not transplanted here, thanks to the Vata foundation. The foundation had transplanted the trees from Kothaguda junction to the school, as a flyover is planned for the location.

The Tree Protection Committee had permitted the felling of trees, as a flyover was being constructed in Kothaguda Junction. Uday Krishna and a team of volunteers got permission from the government to transplant some trees so that at least some are saved from translocation. The team found that Hafeezpet government school, once barren, was around a kilometre away from the junction and a perfect place for the trees.

Soon, Uday sought permission from the school’s principal Yadhaiah, who agreed to bring in the trees. Uday took care of these trees for a year, watering them regularly. Now, after a year, all the transplanted trees have survived. Uday says, “When inspected, these trees were marked as species that won’t survive the translocation. However, all of them have grown strong enough.”

The trees original location shows no sign of there ever being any trees in the area. The junction has turned into a concrete destination, with roads on both sides becoming home to many new shops. The officials started the construction of the flyover, which was proposed last year, in March 2019.

The Vata Foundation started transplanting trees in 2010. While speaking to NewsMeter, Uday said, “There are many such barren lands that need trees, and there are hundreds of trees which can be transplanted. When trees are anyways going to be cut-off, why don’t we try transplanting them? Even if only a few of them survived, we still saved them.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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