A silent protest with eco friendly banners, placards
and posters was held recently, along Reid Avenue against felling of trees. It
was organized by a group of concerned citizens.
“We as citizens
of Colombo city are saddened by this loss, and by the lack of information about
public property. We reserve the rights to our public property, and therefore,
demand information about changes to its status. No effort has been taken to
enlighten the residents of Colombo city about the reasons for cutting down
these trees” according to the group of
“We were told by the Director
(Engineering) at the Colombo Municipal Council that primarily the roots of
these trees have damaged the concrete pipes, sewerage systems and roads. The roots of the trees were cut off to remedy
the situation, and had made them unstable thereafter, and they needed to be cut
for public safety” group of concerned citizens further said.
They also demanded that, a tree is planted for every tree cut in
an effort to retain the natural character of Colombo city, and if these felled
trees are sold, then the proceeds should be used for tree planting, root
balling and other ways to protect trees.