311 trees to make way for Metro extension on Mysuru Road

311 trees to make way for Metro extension on Mysuru Road

311 trees to make way for Metro extension on Mysuru Road
At least 311 trees are set to be axed between Kanakapura Road and Mysuru Road for the second phase of Namma Metro.

An inspection committee of environmentalists and officials has suggested that 30% of these trees be translocated. The committee was officially formed on June 9 though it has been functioning for quite some time now. Its members are currently surveying the afforestation undertaken by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) to compensate for loss of green cover under the first phase.

The committee will officially meet for the first time on Friday. Its brief is to conduct a survey on tree felling for the Metro’s second phase.

The committee comprises Vijay Nishanth, from Project Vruksha, Eco-Watch co-chairperson Akshay Heblikar, Prof T V Ramachandra from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, and Harini Nagendra, Professor at School of Development, Azim Premji University, and Asia Research Co-ordinator at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at Indiana University, US. Vasanthapura corporator Shobha Gowda, and officials of the BMRCL and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike are also part of the committee.

Nishanth said the committee aimed to save as many trees as possible from being axed.

Translocation of trees

“At our first meeting, we will examine the proposal tabled by the BMRCL to axe 311 trees. We have asked the BMRCL to translocate 30% of the trees, and it has agreed. In 2013, too, we had suggested translocation of trees that were less than 25 years old but nothing was done about it. Now, we will find the places for translocation.”

The report of the committee’s survey of the first phase and the proposal on tree felling for the second phase will be put in public domain. The BMRCL has refused to change the alignment in Phase 2.