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Fate of century-old tree worries Quepem villagers

Fate of century-old tree worries Quepem villagers

14 Nov 2017 No comment 19 hits

Quepem: An exotic Baobab tree older than the Portuguese-era police station-cum-jail that faces it in the suburb of the town has local residents worried. A patch of shredded bark at its foot indicates it is not in good health.

For citizens of Quepem and heritage lovers, the tree planted by colonial rulers in the hoary past reeks of heritage value.

The more than 100-year-old building where prisoners were lodged till some decades ago is itself crumbling due to decay. While the building is likely to be razed soon for a new one, it is the decaying tree that has raised more concern among residents.

"The forest department should save the tree as its bark and inner core shows decay," Yatin Narendra Hegde Desai, a local said. Desai has recently written to the deputy conservation of forest, South Goa, urging the authorities to initiate steps to protect the tree before the infection affects it further. Parts of the tree have already started chipping off.

"It is an important heritage landmark of Quepem," Hegde said. In Goa, the Baobab, a deciduous tree with a huge girth, is found in Raj Bhavan, Morjim, Betim, Agasaim and Quepem. It is a source of fibre, water, dye, fuel and decorative crafts.

Pradip Sarmokadam, member secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board said he would initiate steps to protect the tree.

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