On March 27, 2020, unknown persons burned down orchards located in Dalma Gardens. Marie Chakryan, President of Center for Public Awareness and Monitoring, and Ruzan Ghazaryan, President of Dalma-Sona Foundation, have beaten alarm signals on their Facebook pages.
In an interview with EcoLur Ruzan Ghazaryan noted that the area cultivated by Elmira Kostandyan, who had beaten an alarm signal about the case of cutting down trees in her neighboring area, had been burnt down.
The woman, by the way, had expressed concerns days earlier that they could soon reach her land area. According to www.a1plus.am website, the fire burned down 3,000-square-meter land area owned by Elmira Kostandyan and 2000-square-meter orchards owned by Slavik Yeghiazaryan. In an interview with EcoLur, a family member of Elmira Karapetyan noted that the firefighters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations refused to draw up an act after the fire was isolated.
Elmira Karapetyan added that she went to the police after the incident, where she was told that it was not their business; “They said if we had called a firefighter they should have drawn up an act. I told them that they had not done it. They said we would find out if firefighters had arrived or not. More than 100 trees burnt down: apricot, cherry, plum, pomegranate…”
By the way, Marie Chakryan, President of Center for Public Awareness and Monitoring, posted on her Facebook page that the trees in the area hadn’t been inventories, which, in turn, could complicate the compensation process "Trees have not been inventoried, not recorded, as in the case of other plots in the same area, which is a prerequisite for calculating compensation and consequently compensating damages to the owner of the trees." Chakryan also informed that in the immediate vicinity of the burnt area there is also a cellar of historical and cultural value.
Photo Credit: Public Awareness and Monitoring Center
19:17 March 28, 2020