RAJANPUR: A 400-year-old Banyan tree, traditionally called Badh, has been chopped down by Tehsil Municipal Corporation (TMA) Jampur to expand the city’s main cross-roads the Indus Highway under the Jampur Model City Project.
The tree stood in the middle of the Chowk (cross-roads) with many vendors doing their businesses, such selling of flowers, shoe-polish, etc beneath its umbrella.
The Chowk was used to be called as Bash Chowk due to the tree. Its trunk was so thick and branches so wide that the TMA workers had to spend ten days to cut it completely.
Some people termed the tree’s removal a tragic loss which could have been avoided by just its trimming while removing encroachments like shops built on the property of National Highway Authority.
The other city residents described it a painful but necessary decision as traffic used to remain choked at the cross-roads for hours.
Assistant Commissioner Jampur Qamar Uz Zaman Qaisarani told APP that frequent inter-district traffic operations and business activity in the vicinity made it necessary to remove the tree for the Chowk’s expansion.