Assam: Residents of Barpeta village celebrate birthday of 207-year-old Banyan tree
GUWAHATI: 100 kilometers from Guwahati, in Jalikheti village in Barpeta district, locals of the region celebrated the birthday of a 207-year-old Banyan tree on June 5.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the villagers have been celebrating the tree’s birthday on World Environment Day since 2012 to bring awareness about its deteriorating condition.
The two-century old tree is a hotspot in the village and serves many purposes; it provides shade during hot summer months, is a tourist site for many visitors and recently, has also become a selfie spot.
Since a few years, the committee that cares of the tree has been trying to reach out to officials in the government as they fear that the tree is being damaged by bheku (fungus). However, their requests have been to no avail as no action has been taken yet.
Another problem that the tree faces is that the land near it is eroding due to Kaladia river which is eroding the land near it and has come 30 meters closer.
The villagers have done everything in their power to stall the river and take necessary steps to protect the tree. However, they need help and thus, they have been celebrating the tree’s birthday to garner attention and awareness to save it.
207-year-old Banyan tree (Image credit: The Indian Express)