Citizens have about nine days to make sure the tree cover in Bengaluru remains intact.
After the next nine days, Bengaluru may lose over a hundred trees to the development of a flyover – unless you step in to help. The civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has issued a notice letting citizens know that they have until February 17 to present any objections to the felling of 112 trees in one of the areas in the city.
At the heart of all the controversy is the construction of a steel flyover that has been proposed that is supposedly being built to alleviate the city from the massive traffic jams. However, activists, concerned citizens and environmentalists have been staunchly opposing it as it also means the cutting down of trees in a city where the green cover is quickly being eroded.
The 112 trees that are in immediate danger are part of the first stage of the development of the flyover which will begin in the Jayamahal area.
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Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, wrote a report for Bangalore Mirror noting that 71 species of trees are under threat based on research conducted by experts. She writes that her colleagues worked from November 2016 to January 2017 wherein they counted every tree that was in the way of the proposed flyover and made note of the species they belonged to.
” A conservative estimation (which does not take into account trees from areas where felling may be likely but not certain) reveals that at least 2,244 trees from 71 species will be affected by tree-felling – far greater than official estimates of 1,668 trees from 45 species!”
According to the BBMP, citizens who are against this proposal can directly contact their offices and present their objections.
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