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Tree falling during pre-monsoon squalls poses a big hazard

Dehradun: Civic bodies in Dehradun have been put on alert due to the likelihood of trees falling during pre-monsoon storms. This comes a day after a tree on Mussoorie Road's Kuthal gate fell on a tractor-trolley, injuring seven people. Two of them had to be hospitalized.
Authorities say the accident could have been more serious as the traffic volume was high on the route due to the long weekend. Similarly, another tree fell near DIT but there were no injuries.
"The branches were cut and traffic was restored in the Mussoorie Road incident. Police are vigilant of at-risk trees and information is shared with the forest department as well," said Akshay Konde, superintendent of police, traffic, Dehradun. 
Besides the threat of casualties, the falling of trees due to storms also disrupts traffic. Commuters believe that continued construction activities and unreliable weather have made commuting in the region precarious.
"The foundations have become weak. Trees in certain belts can fall easily during storms. There should be serious identification of such patches and warning signs should be put up there. Kumaon has reported several such accidents. We need better monitoring here for public safety," said Vijay Bawaria, a Jakhan resident who works at a school on the Mussoorie road.
Authorities agree that Eucalyptus trees on Rajpur road possess a risk to commuter and pedestrian safety. They have written about it to the forest department as well.

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