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Bangalore Residents Form Human Chain To Protest Cutting Trees At HAL Junction

Bangalore has several offerings to those who visit this city. One of them is the greenery that surrounds us in Bangalore. Once you step out of the airport, railway station, or enter the city with a car, you will be greeted with thousands of trees swaying in the wind. But what happens when developments try to axe down these trees? The people stand up! That’s right, Bangalore residents living around Old Airport road and HAL junction protested the felling of trees, by forming a human chain. Find out more on our blog.

Human Chain To Protect The Trees In The Garden City Of Bangalore
Bangalore residents living around Old Airport Road and Suranjan Das Road junction (the HAL junction) protested against cutting trees. According to The News Minute, The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has planned to cut 25 trees to make way for an underpass. But their plans have been halted when 150-200 people living in the surrounding area formed a human chain from 8 am onwards to mark their protest.

Speaking about the matter to The News Minute, Swathi Damodaran, a resident-activist, mentioned that the public was not informed about cutting the underpass trees. She asked, “They are cutting down trees that provide shelter and which are 60-80 years old. How did the tree committee approve of this project?” However, when the public dispersed, the workers started cutting the trees. They informed that since they have the necessary permission, they would not stop. Swathi, along with other residents, immediately contacted the official-in-charge and asked them to halt the cutting.

Permission To Cut 25 Trees Instead Of 48 Given By Civic Body
However, the Bangalore civic body has said that they have strictly adhered to the expert committee’s instructions for cutting the trees. Deputy Conservator of Forests, BBMP, Ranganatha Swamy, mentioned that halting the project after obtaining the clearances is impossible. He mentioned that they earlier sought permission to axe 48 trees, but were given permission for 25. Swamy further added that the 7 trees cut, will be translocated. It’s truly heartwarming to see the residents of Bangalore come together to save trees. We hope, the trees would be protected or translocated. Meanwhile here are some offbeat places you can visit in Bangalore.

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