BENGALURU:BBMP’s forest department is looking to minimise the environmental impact due to the widening of Jayamahal Road, but it appears transplanting trees is not a viable option.
BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad had earlier confirmed that the Jayamahal Road widening project will go on in spite of the citizens’ objections received via emails and other means. Assistant conservator of forests and tree officer Shantakumar said the department was conducting a detailed study and was doing its best to come up with solutions. While transplanting trees was being considered for sometime, it now does not appear to be viable. Shantakumar said only 19 of the 112 trees marked to be chopped could be transplanted. He said this is because only those trees whose girth size is within a specific range can be transplanted.
The study involves an aerial survey using images obtained by satellites, done in collaboration with the department of remote sensing. He added that environmentalists will be consulted. He said almost all the emails received (at least 16,000) were against the project. He said a decision on the measures to be implemented could be taken by this month end.