Metro about to go chop, chop
Even as the City is battling a pandemic, the Bruhat
Some of the tree species that are going to be uprooted include Ppeepal, Silver Oak, Teak, Eucalyptus, Rain Tree, Ashoka, Butterfruit, Mango, Mahogany, Malabar plum and Neem.
There are also a few ornamental trees including Gulmohar, Tabebuia, Peltophorum, Indian Cork Tree (Akasha Mallige) and Spathodea, usually planted along roads.
We will consider the objections if they are routed through the court. The BMRCL can go ahead with the tree-felling after 15 days. We could not conduct a survey of the trees identified in all underground Metro stations of Reach 6 due to the lockdown
— HS Rangaswamy, Tree Officer and Deputy Conservator of Forest
The BBMP, while according permission to fell the trees, stated that the Tree Expert Committee had discussed it with the
On May 21, HS Rangaswamy, Tree Officer and Deputy Conservator of Forest (BBMP), in his letter to the
Most of these trees are located in the premises of Karnataka Fire Station, Karmikara Bhavana, Dumb and Deaf School in Pottery Town, Army Public School in MG Road, Parade Ground, Rajendra Singhji Institute on MG Road, Rastriya Military School at Vellara junction, government hospital in Pottery Town and others.
To compensate for the loss of the green cover, the BMRCL will carry out planting of saplings at the ratio of 1:10 at suitable places and undertake regular care of these saplings for a minimum period of three years. The documents including the letters and the proceedings of the meetings have been uploaded on BBMP’s website as directed by the High Court.
“We will consider the objections if they are routed through the court. The BMRCL can go ahead with the tree-felling after 15 days. We could not conduct a survey of the trees identified in all underground Metro stations of Reach 6 due to the lockdown,” Rangaswamy said. At Vellara junction, the tree officer said the land acquisition related tussle is between the Church and the BMRCL. “We have only decided about the trees.”
Goes against the grain Leo Saldanha, co-ordinator at Environment Support Group, said the BBMP’s move to issue permission during the lockdown is both mischievous and illegal. “The government has suspended the freedom of association including the right to information during the lockdown. Even the Centre has postponed any decisions on law making. What the BBMP has done is mischief and an illegal ploy to cheat the public by not providing them with the right to information, right to public space and right to participate in the decision making,” he said.
He also said the permission to cut trees at All Saints Church in Vellara junction is blatantly illegal as the key financier European Investment Bank is still investigating the dispute and the matter is sub-judice.