The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) and ITD Cementation, executing the East-West Metro project, joined KMDA to clean up the Amphan-ravaged Subhas Sarobar on Sunday. Apart from the 40-acre water body, the 140-acre complex has around 2,000 trees. The cyclone has uprooted around 60 trees.
ITD Cementation deployed around 30 labourers and tree-felling equipment on Sunday morning. The workers, wearing masks and maintaining social-distancing protocol, removed some of the uprooted trees and cleared the blocked roads leading to the lake. “We are trying to see if some of the uprooted trees can be replanted. We shall discuss the matter with KMDA,” an ITD spokesperson said.
Environmentalist S M Ghosh said Subhas Sarobar is an ecologically sensitive zone and lots of birds live in the trees there. “We need to pay enough attention to this lake too, not just Rabindra Sarobar,” Dutta said. At least 13 varieties of fish can be found in the lake, apart from seven species of birds. The Subhas Sarobar premises were beautified in 2017 in the run-up to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.