Surat : Home Minister draws flak for sharing pictures of Trees Painted for Beautification
Critics argue that Sanghavi's focus on superficial beautification neglects the critical issue of dwindling green cover in Surat. By glorifying the painting of tree trunks, Sanghavi inadvertently diverts attention from crucial environmental concerns plaguing the city. This move is seen as a superficial attempt to mask the deeper-rooted problems of urban deforestation and neglect of green spaces.
Surat : Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi has faced strong criticism for his recent social media post showcasing painted trees for beautification in Surat. While Sanghavi aimed to highlight the city’s aesthetics, this move has drawn sharp disapproval from environmentalists and concerned citizens.
Critics argue that Sanghavi’s focus on superficial beautification neglects the critical issue of dwindling green cover in Surat. By glorifying the painting of tree trunks, Sanghavi inadvertently diverts attention from crucial environmental concerns plaguing the city. This move is seen as a superficial attempt to mask the deeper-rooted problems of urban deforestation and neglect of green spaces.
The minister’s tweet showcasing painted tree trunks in his Majura assembly constituency in Surat faced criticism from local environmentalist Nainish Parekh, labeling the idea as detrimental. Parekh suggested redirecting beautification efforts towards public spaces like walls, schools, hospitals, and municipal buildings instead of tampering with the trees.
Moreover, Sanghavi’s promotion of painting tree trunks for aesthetic purposes raises alarm among environmentalists regarding the potential harm inflicted on trees. Experts warn against the adverse effects of synthetic paints on trees, emphasizing the disruption caused to the natural ecosystem living on and around these trees.
The decision to adorn trees with colorful paints is viewed as shortsighted, with activists highlighting the need to prioritize the well-being of trees rather than using them as canvases for beautification. The living ecosystem on tree trunks, including various insects and organisms, faces the risk of disturbance and potential harm due to this practice.
Critics underscore the need for policymakers to focus on substantive measures to protect and nurture green spaces, ensuring the sustainability of the environment. They urge Sanghavi and other authorities to reconsider their priorities, emphasizing conservation efforts and responsible management of Surat’s greenery over superficial cosmetic enhancements.
The outcry against Sanghavi’s actions reflects a collective concern for the long-term health and sustainability of Surat’s natural environment, calling for a more thoughtful and responsible approach from government officials in preserving the city’s green cover.
Nainish Parekh, environmentalist said, “Tree trunk are living, there are so many different varieties of insects staying on bark, by painting the trunk ,tree can’t grow properly , the insects staying on barks which are camouflage gets exposed and gets eaten by birds. We disturbing complete ecosystem by painting trees for beautification”