Public Meeting Today to Discuss Felling of 313 Trees
By Express News Service | Published: 24th November 2015 07:03 AM |
QUEEN’S ROAD:The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has called a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the felling 313 trees for the Metro project.
The authorities have identified the trees along Mysuru Road and Kanakapura Road to make way for an extended line in Phase II of the project.
Phase II, with a budget of `26,000 crore, has not secured funding, and even the detailed project report has not been released, but the BBMP is in a hurry to cut trees, according to Hasiru Usiru, an environment support group.
“Earlier, the BBMP chopped many trees saying they would widen Sankey Road. Officials felled the trees at night, despite opposition from citizens, but the project was later dropped,” Vinay Sreenivasa of Hasiru Usiru said.
Citizens and members of various environmental groups have sought a detailed project report before trees are chopped. BMRCL should discuss probable routes with the public before cutting trees, they said.
After a notification was passed in June this year, the forest cell of the BBMP — which must seek public opinion before chopping tress on a scale that leads to loss of green cover — received many objections through e-mail.
However, it did not take the objections into consideration, and called a public meeting on November 17. That was postponed because, BBMP says, many who had submitted objections were not present.
Citizens and activists said the meeting was meant to be an eyewash.
Ranganath Swamy, BBMP tree officer, said, “Tuesday’s meeting will be the last, and no meetings will be convened in this regard after that.”
The meeting will be held at 3 pm today at IPP Conference Hall in Malleswaram.