Mahbubnagar MLA called for United efforts of officials to restore Pillalamarri
Mahbubnagar legislator Srinivas Goud called for united and coordinated efforts of officials from Forest, Tourism and Archaeology departments to restore the recently-uprooted trunk of 700-year-old grand Banyan Tree at Pillalamarri in the district.
Mahbubnagar: Mahbubnagar legislator Srinivas Goud called for united and coordinated efforts of officials from Forest, Tourism and Archaeology departments to restore the recently-uprooted trunk of 700-year-old grand Banyan Tree at Pillalamarri in the district.
The MLA felt due neglect and no proper maintenance by the department officials for the last many years has led to the present situation. “It is important for us to protect Pillalamarri banyan tree as it is of historical importance for Mahbubnagar.
It is the duty of officials of all the three departments of Forest, Archaeology and Tourism to protect the tree and work in coordination with each other to restore its broken parts instead of removing them,” observed the MLA, while inspecting the site of uprooted tree trunk.
The banyan tree at Pillalamarri is spread across four acres and is estimated to be 700-years-old. The tree has spread so vast and has many trunks that till date scientists have failed to identify the mother trunk of the tree. The tree, though has been protected with a compound wall, lack of supervision during visiting hours has been leading towards its destruction.
According to district officials, earlier the tree was not open to visitors. However, with the government’s initiative to develop Tourism, the district administration has been allowed visitors.
However, due to no proper supervision and maintenance, the tree has been largely destroyed by unscrupulous elements who inscribe names and pluck branches. Further continuous soil erosion, fungal infestation and termite attack of roots and trunks has been leading to uprooting of the tree.
While inspecting the uprooted tree, MLA Srinivas Goud directed the officials not to remove the uprooted trunk and asked them to restore by planting it at the same site with all precautionary measures.