Bengaluru Metro: 833 trees to be victims of axe murder
Close on the heels of the
The canopy of trees that have been providing shade and oxygen along the Outer Ring Road (ORR) between
The civic body, which had issued a public notice last month, was forced to issue a fresh notice as many residents had sought more time citing the lockdown. As per the new notice, the public gets ten days to file objections or suggestions.
The notice states that as many as 833 trees are infringing upon the construction of the Metro Phase II-A project, which was recently approved by the
A senior official in the forest department of BBMP said that the trees located on the median along the ORR are too small. “They cannot be used even as firewood,” he said.
Veena Krishnan, lawyer and environmentalist, who wanted to look for the species and age of trees that are affected due to Metro, said that the BBMP’s website was not working on Thursday. “Time is already running out. The BBMP should have first ensured the website has all information. This would have helped people to make an informed decision,” she said.
In the Environment Impact Assessment plan prepared at least three years ago, the
There have been requests from environmentalists that the public notice on trees being affected should be issued during the stage of detailed project report preparations so that the project alignment could be tweaked to save trees.
Objections can be filed by sending an email to [email protected]