BENGALURU: To save 115 trees that were being felled for the Metro construction, tree doctor Vijay Nishanth and environmentalist Akshay Hebilkar began work on translocating them on Tuesday and shifted three trees from Whitefield Road to Satya Sai Hospital.
Metro construction has cost the city many trees, especially along the Kanakapura route. More trees would be cut during phase II of Metro construction.
Mr Nishanth said that he was approached by one of the residents, Mr Ram Kanala, to help translocate the trees after hospital authorities agreed to plant them on their premises.
“When several trees were chopped for Metro we were not consulted. BMRCL did not transplant a single tree. We have saved a lot of trees earlier, and I am happy to be a part of this project,” said the tree doctor.
Of the three trees translocated, one was the pongamia tree. Nishanth said that it will take another ten days to translocate the remaining 112 trees because of heavy traffic in the area.
“We have root formulation and applied a mixture of medicines for the trees to grow. Cranes were used to translocate the trees,” he said.
Last Thursday, the trees which were to be translocated were marked with red paint and after going through feasible options, it was decided that only trees that can survive would be translocated....