Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s road development plans have sparked off a massive row. The ambitious project which will uproot 3,100 trees in the city has met with protest from locals.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) finally stepped-in and put the project on hold but the corporation is showing no signs of scraping it.

The opposition political parties also criticised the state government’s move to cut the trees in and around Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park areas.

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“It is so unfortunate that on one hand, the climatic conditions are changing day by day because of deforestation and natural calamities. On the other hand, the government can be so insensitive that they have cut so many trees to build a bridge,” Congress spokesperson Sobha Ojha said.

“This is really unfortunate and people responsible should be booked. Whether the government or a private party, they cannot cut so many trees like this,” she said.

“KBR Park is the only green cover we have in Hyderabad and we can’t afford to lose that,” said a local resident.

The government’s road project includes construction of flyover around the park for smooth to and fro traffic from the IT and financial districts.

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