There is still hope for Bengaluru’s green spaces


Won’t give up till tree park plan for Turahalli forest is revoked, say greens

Green activists fighting to save the Turahalli forest from being converted into a tree park will meet Yeshwanthpur MLA and Cooperation Minister ST Somashekar, Bengaluru South MLA M Krishnappa and Forest Minister Aravind Limbavali shortly.

The activists said that they will not rest until the decision to convert it into a tree park is not revoked. Earlier, Somashekar told BM that he was not aware of the tree park plan. He has already spoken to the forest minister and will also meet the activists along with forest department officials on the whole issue.

Meanwhile, many turned up on Sunday morning for the protest walkathon. As the crowd was huge, the organisers had to split it into three locations; Turahalli Tree park, Turahalli Minor Forest Gate and BDA Sculpture Park

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Around 3,500 people from all age groups participated in it. Abdul Aleem, president, Changemakers of Kanakapura Road, said, “We didn’t expect so many people to participate . Because of the rise in number of registrations, we had to split a track into three different locations. This event was to create awareness about the government’s tree park plan. The turnout shows the commitment of citizens towards protecting this last remaining forest. We will meet and submit a memorandum to MLA ST Somashekar, MLA Krishnappa and the forest minister on Wednesday.”

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We didn’t expect so many people to participate. Because of the rise in number of registrations, we had to split a track into three different locations. This event was to create awareness about the government’s tree park plan

– Abdul Aleem, President, Changemakers of Kanakapura Road

“The department has forgotten that its basic mission is to protect the forest. However, the green community will continue with their efforts,” said Arun, a resident of Brigade Omega Apartment. The organisers said that they are currently restricted to preserving the Turahalli forest. “The local communities around other places may take up the issue and we are ready to support them in any way possible,” added Aleem. Meghana, another organiser, said that their other demands were to carry out fencing of the entire periphery of Turahalli forest, which is an eco-sensitive zone, increase the number of forest guards to at least 10 and install CCTVs and develop the existing tree park to its dense best to accommodate people experiencing nature by being in the middle of it.

The other demands includes constituting a Joint Forest Manage-ment Committee to oversee democratic utilisation of the tree park, while developing the support for forest management activities like fire lines in the restricted site.



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