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Doon’s litchi orchards vanishing

Almost 20 per cent of litchi trees in the city have vanished with the spurt in construction activities ever since the city was awarded interim capital status. Hundreds of litchi trees have been felled by private colonisers in alleged connivance with politicians and the police, despite protests

Jotirmay Thapliyal
Tribune News Service, Dehradun, May 28

The number of litchi orchards in downtown Dehradun have witnessed a steady decline over the years, solely due to unceasing construction activity in the region. Once the pride of the Doon Valley, litchi orchards in the city may soon be extinct with the region witnessing large-scale felling of green litchi trees to pave way for apartments, a new trend in Dehradun in recent times.

The construction companies, often under the patronage of the high and mighty, target litchi orchards as there is barely any land available for their projects. [more]