The carving of numbers on trees in the Delhi Univeristy Campus, which has been done around the Delhi University Sports Ground is (also) linked to the Commonwealth Games. Since the University Sports Ground needs to be expanded for some of the Commonwealth Game Events (which will be held here), the trees around it have to be removed.
This is yet another Commonwealth Games’ vice – depriving us of our common-wealth: the green cover!
Meanwhile, I had taken the following image some 2 weeks back.
This is what has happened to it now (Dated: April 3rd, 2007)
The exudates that are seen coming out are actually the food of the tree, which was to be transported from the upper part (leaves) of the tree to all other parts.
It may be noted here that the numbering of trees is only done so that the trees can be cut in an organised way and some trees will not be hacked at all. But, as can be seen above – the DAMAGE to the Tress has already been done.
LOCAL/TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ALERT!
According to a Taxi stand owner at the (Delhi) University Guest House, whenever trees are numbered/labelled (at the sides of a road or otherwise) it is almost always because they have to be felled.