I have a tall coconut tree near my front gate. it has been blessings us with lots of sweet coconut s all these years, except some years in between.
The fruit is so sweet, and very tasty. It was a gift from a friend, who brought it all the way from Amalapuram. We cherished it. It used to drop coconut at intervals, tossing outside the gates, on to the road, to be picked up by neighbours. It sheds the coconuts on to the porch with loud banging, waking us in the middle of the nights. The fronds used to shed at various places, much to the dismay of house helps. Sometimes it used to perch on to the electric wires, making it difficult to dislodge. But we loved the tree.
Two months back, a new shocking problem cropped up. One fine day, while doing some plumbing work on the lid of our sump, we saw that inside there was about ten feet big roots spreading in a straight line. it was shocking and upsetting. We pondered, how could that happen.
The blame finally rested on the huge thirty eight years old coconut tree, which never did any such daring penetration, till now. On hindsight, this year, the yield was huge, compared to dry rotten yields for past two years. Now we know how and why.
What followed was the dilemma and confusion. Days , weeks of worry and sadness. People advised to down the tree with out second thought.
Some others advised to drain the sump and cut only the root,reinforce the walls. Tiresome work., for days, we have to go with out water supply.
Meanwhile one worker who claims he knows all about cutting coconut trees, came and examined the site. He was confident of cutting the tree but was sure that the tree will lean on to the house, gate and garden fencing will take hits. The power lines overhead need to be switched off. That will cost.15000… etc. In all he demanded eleven thousand for the job inclusive of debris disposal. He was eager to finish the job the next day, as he was busy for the next one month. I had to decline since I didn’t want to take spot decisions. He promised to come after a week.
The worker has not shown up yet.😔 Meanwhile its raining copiously in Hyderabad. So things are at a standstill.
From August I am immobile, dont know what to do. It keeps me awake some times. stressful times.