A 700-year-old Banyan tree, spread over three acres of land was revived by administering pesticides through the ‘drip’ method. The mammoth Banyan tree is referred to as ‘Pillalamarri’ or ‘Peerla Marri’ as per the popular folklore. Popularly known as the second largest Banyan tree in the world, Pillalamarri is on ‘saline-drip’ now, after termites and insects had infested the gigantic tree.

The World’s second largest Banyan tree is a major tourist attraction in the Mahabubnagar district in Telangana. The ancient Banyan tree also forms an origin for other attractions in the Pillalamarri Tourism Centre.

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The forest officials accorded medical treatment to the Banyan tree after large parts of the tree were seen covered with termites and insects. The process of rejuvenation of the tree saw forest officials injecting it with diluted chemicals to kill the termite population.

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As per a report in Times of India, Mahabubnagar District Forest Officer Chukka Ganga Reddy said, “The tree is spread over more than three acres of land and part of it has fallen due to the decay of the roots and stem. With the expert opinion of retired IFS official Manoranjan Bhanja, we have started treatment and protection in three ways. We diluted the Chlorpyrifos chemical and started pushing it into the stem by keeping holes, but it didn’t work out. We started injecting solution like a saline drip. This process has been effective. Secondly, we are watering the roots with the diluted solution to kill the termites.”

In a similar incident, last year last year in December, the condition of the tree was much affected. It got so worse that the tourist attraction was temporarily closed for visitors for a period of three months.

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