POST TIME: 19 May, 2019 08:42:30 AM
Storm uproots many trees on RU campus

Storm uproots many trees on RU campus

An hour-long storm has uprooted at least 50 trees at Rajshahi University. A good number of them have been chopped and looted by locals. The university was without electricity while the storm raged. The chaos lasted till 12.30am.A tree fell on the wall of the vice chancellor’s residence, damaging a 200-feet wall. Motiur Rahman, residential student of Nawab Abdul Latif Hall, said, “We spent the night without food as we could not cook after iftar.

A female student, Taslima Akter of Monnojan hall, said the same thing. Electric Power Supply office officials on the campus said, “They are working to remove all trees from the electric lines. The power supply would be restored once that work was over.”

University pro vice chancellor Prof Dr Ananda Kumar Saha, pro vice chancellor Prof Chawdhury Md Zakaria, proctor Prof Dr Luthfor Rahman and leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)  led by its RU  unit general secretary Faisal Ahmed Runu joined the efforts to clear the fallen trees.

About 50 tree were lying on in front of university administration building, on Parish Road (in front of the vice chancellor’s resident, main entrance, Old Folklore Field and Aam Bagan Chattor (behind the central library) and other parts of the campus.

Besides, 20 Gagon Shirish trees on both sides of the RU Paris Road (main road) and other areas of the campus were felled by the storm.

The fallen trees were taken away by the local people. As a result, the RU campus is losing its green cover.

After the storm, Abdul Goni, a resident of Binodpur was seen carrying away pieces of a tree on a battery-run van around 7 pm on Friday from in front of university vice chancellor residence.

University’s proctor Prof Dr Luthfor Rahman said they were trying their best to restore normalcy as employs and students joined hands to remove the trees from the roads. They also trying to find out who looted the uprooted, he added.

University pro vice chancellor Prof. Dr Chawdhury Md Zakaria said, “We have cleaned the campus and students can move about easily. It is our duty to do so.

Owing to the power cut, many students and employees could not do any cooking as they rely on heaters.

RU agriculture project sources said, in 1999 Forestry Extension Department of Rajshahi, as part of urban forestry project, had planted ten thousand trees on about 50 acres of lands on the east partern of the campus. The number has gradually increased to nearly 97,000.

RU twice received the National Environment Award for this greening project. These trees of the university keep temperature cooler by 2/3 degree Celsius than the surrounding areas. Even those who live outside the campus feel the difference.