Around 6,000 trees stand in the path of the 71-km Hyderabad Metro Rail Project. In addition, 3,000 private and government properties, electric poles, water and sewerage lines plus cables will also to be removed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore.
According to Mr Veda Kumar of the Forum for Better Hyderabad, the tres should be translocated in the interest of the environment. It costs up to Rs 20,000 to translocate a tree. There is a demand by The Tree Protection Committee that government should constitute a committee of officials and environmentalists to help in the translocation of trees.