Seeks axing of poplars amid Covid-19 pandemic
A lawyer has filed an application in Jammu and Kashmir High Court, seeking direction to the government for felling of particular specie of poplar trees “for being potential carrier of coronavirus.”
The lawyer, Shafqat Nazir, told GNS that he has moved an intervention application in public interest litigation being heard by the High Court, presently via video conferencing, regarding the coronavirus spread.
“There is a menace of a particular breed of poplar trees (commonly known as Russian poplars, though a misnomer) in J&K, particularly Kashmir valley which produces pollen, seeds with lot of cotton fluff, seed hairs which has become a seasonal health hazard,” Nazir says. The pollen along with the cotton fluff gets off the trees from last week of April thereby dispersing throughout the area within the range of more than 500 meters, affecting health of people mostly elderly and children.