AMC owns up tree-cutting at Savangi dam | Aurangabad News
After the visit, garden superintendent at Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Vijay Patil said the trees in question were axed by the civic body only for the purpose of structural security of the lake.
“The water supply department had requested for cutting of trees on the embankment areas. The authorities concerned said that the roots of trees could weaken the wall of the dam,” he said.
The civic authorities said only some trees were cut at Savangi dam. “Our local staffers have not axed all the trees, but those only found to have posing threats were removed,” Patil said.
Conservationists, however, have questioned the rationale behind such tree-cutting stating that some other earthen dams from the region have trees on embankments.
“It needs to be seen whether the proposal for cutting these trees was formally passed by the local tree authority of AMC. Such a process, if followed, could ensure weighing of pros and cons before carrying out such indiscriminate cutting of trees,” Honorary wildlife warden for Aurangabad Kishor Pathak said.
Pathak, who is also a bird-researcher, said trees located in and around dams provide much needed roosting and nesting habitats for different winged creatures.
Located in the immediate vicinity of Aurangabad, Savangi dam has reported sighting of some rarely found birds in recent past, including turtle dove and red-necked falcon, besides being the home for a host of migratory and resident birds.