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Chandigarh administration orders survey of dead, dry trees after school tree accident leaves 1 dead

The Chandigarh administration on Monday ordered an extensive survey of all dead and dry trees that pose a danger to human life and property in the city after an old tree fell on school students, leaving one dead and 19 injured.

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Chandigarh administration orders survey of dead, dry trees after school tree accident leaves 1 dead
A 250-year-old heritage tree in Chandigarh's Carmel Convent fell on students on July 8. (Picture credits: India Today)

By Lalit Sharma: The Chandigarh administration on Monday ordered an extensive survey of all dead and dry trees that pose a danger to human life and property in the city after an old tree fell on school students, leaving one dead and 19 injured.

On July 8, a student was killed and 19 of her schoolmates sustained injuries after a 250-year-old 'Peepal' tree fell on them inside Carmel Convent School, Sector- 9B, Chandigarh.

(Photo: India Today)

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Dharam Pal, adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh informed that all the remaining 30 Heritage trees had been thoroughly verified by a committee comprising officers from the Engineering Dept, Horticulture Wing of the Municipal Corporation and Forest Department, for their health, strength, and vulnerability to uprooting.

The committee recommended pruning of branches of three heritage trees, including one at Sukhna Lake, and felling of two over-matured trees standing in Sector 19 and 23.

Pal directed that immediate action should be taken on the recommendations. “Felling of dead and dry trees is done by the administration on a regular basis following due protocol and during the last five years, 1634 number of dead and dry trees have been cut from various places in Chandigarh.”

In all, six teams were deployed to carry out a survey of 211 schools. The teams are likely to submit their reports on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the administration said that it will remove all the dead/dry trees which are posing danger to life and property within a week's time.

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