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City Moment – The Tree Surveyors, Bhisham Pitamah Marg

The remarkable Delhi instant.

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]

One afternoon The Delhi Walla came across three men on Bhisham Pitamah Marg. They were walking very slowly on the tree-lined pavement, stopping in front of each tree. They looked serious.

One of these men would measure the tree’s trunk with an inch tape; another, who was wearing a baseball cap, would note down the measurement on a white paper. The third man had a wheeled apparatus, which, he said, calculated the distance between the trees.

Introducing themselves as employees of the New Delhi Municipal Council, the men said that they were were conducting a survey of the trees in order to make plans for a bicycle track.

The man who was noting down the measurements of trees showed the paper he was carrying in his hands. It looked like a page of sheet music. Just then the white-haired man with the inch tape stopped by a tree. Its trunk was so huge that he had to cling to it to take its dimension. It seemed like as if he was hugging the tree. It was a beautiful moment.

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4 thoughts on “City Moment – The Tree Surveyors, Bhisham Pitamah Marg

    1. Hello DG. Pertinent question indeed. So I’ve looped in my answer in the piece above. Please be so kind to read again. Thank you.

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