Raja Syed Rather
Ganderbal, Dec 3: A school building was damaged after a Chinar tree fell over it hours after the PHE department excavated a portion of land beside it. The incident took place on the night of December 2 and 3 in the Rampora area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
As per the locals, the PHE department on Friday evening started digging close to the big Chinar tree for repairing water pipes on the main road opposite the office of DDC Chairperson Ganderbal.
The excavation led to soil erosion and the Chinar tree fell upon Government Boys Middle School, Bagoo, Rampora, resulting in huge damage to the building. As the incident took place during the night, there was no loss of human life.
“The hollow trunks of the Chinar tree got uprooted and fell on the school building. There are many such dry Chinars in the town which pose a threat to human lives,” a local said.
“We have several times appealed to the district administration to cut down all such Chinars on the roadside but nothing has been done so far,” he added.