Economically beneficial, but ecologically hazardous. Bearing this description, the eucalyptus trees of the Blue Mountains have for sometime now been in focus.
With scientists and environmentalists endorsing their reputation of being ecological predators, those depending on them for their livelihood have become apprehensive about their future.
Abdul Rehman, president of The Nilgiris District Eucalyptus Oil Producers, Workers and Traders Welfare Association, told The Hindu that a proposal to remove eucalyptus trees along with other exotics such as wattle, which emerged at a workshop held here
recently, has become a serious source of concern among all those engaged in the eucalyptus oil industry.