The 67-kilometers highway linking Hyderabad with Mirpurkhas is covered with lush green trees, planted on its both sides; some trees are even more than hundred years old. This is the only road of Sindh, which had not fallen prey to the timber mafia. However, things have taken a wrong turn with the construction work of the 5.79 billion Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas Dual Carriageways Project (HMDCP). This will link both important commercial centers of the province. The HMDCP whose groundbreaking ceremony was performed by the President is a private-public partnership joint venture of Sindh government and a Korean firm. Keeping in view the significance of mature trees, which obviously take decades to grow, it was decided initially that these old plants will be relocated on both sides of dual carriage, so that not only ecology will remain intact but the valuable national asset will also be saved from destruction. However, to our utmost disgust, the promise was not kept and for the last many days, the trees are being felled mercilessly. If the trees on existing Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas road are slaughtered with the present speed, the time is not far when most of the greenery on both sides of the road will be lost permanently and the contractor company will made millions of rupees on its cost. Unfortunately, for the province of Sindh, which stands deprived of its vast areas of riverine forests and mangrove over a period of sixty years, annihilation of these full grown trees spread over 67 kilometers will be another severe blow to its ecology. I request the Chief Minster, Minster of Forest and live Stock and the Chief Secretary Sindh and also DCOs of the areas concerned to take note of the violence against ecology of province and initiate immediate steps to save the national wealth from the hands of rapacious tree slaughterers. D. M BALOCH, Kashmore, March 24.