Activists conduct tree census on Kanakapura Rd, put details online

Activists conduct tree census on Kanakapura Rd, put details online

Four citizen activists from the City have undertaken a tree census on Kanakapura Road. They have digitalised the details of the tree species on a public domain, for the benefit of citizens and government authorities.

Shariff S, Chaveen T V, Ravikumar R and Vijay Nishanth who carried out the study under the banner ‘project vruksha’ have manually counted all the trees along the stretch between Metro Cash and Carry store and Talaghattapura on Kanakapura Road.

It took them seven days to count the trees, identify the species and update them on their website A total of 355 trees of various kinds like Mango, African Tulip, Mahogany, Raintree, Ficus, Tamarind and Jamun were found.

Various species
Other species identified here include Banyan, Singapore Cherry, Desi Badam, Gulmohar, Bauhinia, Copper Pod, Country Fig, Custard Apple,  Jacaranda, Jackfruit and Neem. Vijay Nishanth, a team member and urban conservationist, said, “Another objective of our project was to let people know the trees that may be axed on Kanakapura Road for the Namma Metro project. The details we have gathered can be used by researchers as well.”

Along with the number and species of trees, other details such as name, girth, height, breadth and GPS location of the tree have also been documented. The digital data includes the spots on the stretch where saplings need to be planted after trees are axed.

No proper data
The team members said that earlier there was a public consultation meeting held by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on the Metrorail project, but confusion prevailed among citizens as they did not have proper data on trees.

“The trees are more than 70 years old and the project findings can be used as a reference point by the authorities for future works,” said Nishanth.
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