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Bengaluru: Human chain to march to save 112 trees

Published Feb 11, 2017, 2:59 am IST
Updated Feb 11, 2017, 7:08 am IST
Thousands of emails and letters were sent to the office of conservator of forests opposing the move to cut 112 trees.
After #Steel-FlyoverBeda, Citizens for Bengaluru is gathering support for #MaraKadiBedi (do not axe trees).
 After #Steel-FlyoverBeda, Citizens for Bengaluru is gathering support for #MaraKadiBedi (do not axe trees).

BENGALURU: After forming a human chain on October 15 against the proposed steel flyover, the city will witness a similar protest on Saturday, this time to save 112 trees marked to be cut for Jayamahal Road widening.

After #Steel-FlyoverBeda, Citizens for Bengaluru is gathering support for #MaraKadiBedi (do not axe trees).


On Saturday, thousands of citizens from different walks of life, including children, would form a chain starting from Fun World on Jayamahal Road to Mekhri Circle. 

Trees get marked, citizens vent ire thru letters
Hundreds of citizens have sent their objections to the office of Assistant Conservator of Forest, subdivision 1, BBMP which had called for objections, if any, to the proposed chopping of 112 trees for widening the Jaymahal Road.

It is not only the adults who are sending their objections via email and written letters, Master Adithya Vinay Kamath, a resident of Jayamahal in his letter addressed the Conservator of Forests, subdivision 1, BBMP has took a jibe at the very position of the 'conservator of forest'.


In his letter, Master Adithya remarked, "As per the title of your position you are supposed to conserve the forests. My understanding of the title is that you are the officer in-charge of preservation and maintenance of forests. Your office is duty bound to ensure life-giving endangered tree, bird and animal populations are truly conserved."

He further went on to consider his letter as the ones coming directly from the 112 trees designated to be axed because these trees and other species cannot call your office or write objections letters via email.


Sajan Hussain, head of procurements at Declathon Sports India has shared the copy of email he sent to the ACF and said "I have done my bit to save trees. It is your turn friends." He argued that trees provides clean air and they are the only source of oxygen.

Thousands of such emails and direct letters with valid reasons were sent to the office of conservator of forests.

CfB to oppose tree cutting
CfB will not stop with getting the steel flyover shelved or preventing the massacre of 112 trees. "Every single project which demands chopping down trees and causing damage to the environment will be taken up by CfB volunteers. In addition to protests we have also taken up the advocacy role, where we offer solutions to problems on increasing traffic through our campaigns #ChukuBukuBeku (need of sub urban train) and recently commenced bus survey to improve public transport," said Srinivas Alavalli, Coordinator, CfB.


Neralu: Unique tree festival
With dwindling green cover, a group of Bengaluru citizens have come up with a plan for a festival called Neralu to make the people aware about the importance of trees and make them fall in love with them. The third edition of Neralu (which means shade in Kannada) is scheduled to be held on February 18 and 19 at Cubbon Park Metro Station and National Gallery of Modern Art.

There will interesting events lined up, including tree-walks and community events for children and adults.

Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru