Multiple reports published by the websites claims that around 1000-1200 trees were cut down to build a temporary helipad for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Odisha.

PTI reports Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Balangir, Sameer Satpathy said that several trees were felled near the railway station ground in the district to prepare a temporary helipad without obtaining prior and that an inquiry has been ordered.

Were 1,000 Trees Felled To Build Temporary Helipad For PM's Odisha Visit.?

According to The Week: Two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Balangir district, a row erupted on Sunday over the alleged cutting of trees to prepare a temporary helipad for a visit.

News 18 reported: Two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Balangir district, and a row surfaced on Sunday over alleged cutting of trees to prepare a temporary helipad.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Balangir, Sameer Satpathy said several trees were felled near the railway station ground in the district to prepare a temporary helipad without obtaining prior permission.

Other Publication including The Logical IndianScrollNational Herald, ScoopWhoop published according to the Hindu. The Qunit earlier reported “Hundreds of trees cut to make helipad space for Modi’s Odisha.” On January 15th same article was updated by the Qunit which headline “No Trees Cut for PM Modi’s Helipad During Odisha Visit: Reports.”

The Indian Express, Indian Times few other regional websites also covered the story on the day publishing about the trees being cut down to prepare the helipad for the Prime Minister’s visit.

On the matter, Times Of India have done a fact check, and their report says “Only shrubs and few saplings were removed for the helipad, and no big tree was felled. Our investigation shows that the area in question never had so many trees, to begin with.”

Also, the enquiry done by Railways reveals only shrubs and few saplings have been removed for PM helipad, no big tree was down

Also, the satellite image of the area where temporary helipad was build shows that that the area looked same in 2106 and recently as well.

A satellite image of the area where the temporary helipad was build.

Were 1,000 Trees Felled To Build Temporary Helipad For PM's Odisha Visit.?

A satellite image from 2016 of the area where the temporary helipad was made.

Were 1,000 Trees Felled To Build Temporary Helipad For PM's Odisha Visit.?

All these facts prove that there were no cut down of the big trees as there were not many big trees at first place. The ECoR spokesperson also told the TOI reporter that some six trees were pruned and around 40 shrubs and few saplings were removed.

All Image Source : TOI