Metro to go underground, with 211 trees
A majority of the trees are located in place where the 12 stations including MG Road and Dairy Circle, are coming up. The civic body has, however, not provided full details on places where the trees will be affected, description of the trees etc on its website, despite a clear direction from the court.
As per the public notice, the BBMP has stated that: there are 276 trees standing in the project area between Jayanagara Fire Station and Nagawara except at Landford station and All Saints’ Church station of Reach 6. “The
When asked about the tree details not being uploaded on the website, Ranganath Swamy, Deputy Conservator of Forests (
The matter had also come up for hearing in the High Court on Friday. The counsel representing petitioner and senior environmentalist DT Devare requested for a face-to-face public consultation with regard to felling of trees instead of the public notice, where citizens can only voice their opinion through emails or posts. In response, the BBMP representatives asked more time to reply. The next hearing has been scheduled on December 9.
In June this year, the civic body had chopped off about 30 trees from the premises of Jayanagar Fire station and Karmikara Bavana on Bannerghatta road just a day before the Court hearing was scheduled. On its part, the BMRCL is struggling to complete the construction of Metro on time due to delays in approvals for
Officials say the work has been slowed down as some trees are blocking the work.