Greens hold candlelight vigil against chopping of trees on hospital premises

Concerned over reports that a large number of trees in the Government Veterinary Hospital on Queen’s Road will be felled, a large number of people on Wednesday staged a candlelight vigil on the hospital premises on Wednesday evening.

Sources said the veterinary department plans to build a veterinary super speciality hospital by demolishing the old building and it is feared that at least 50 trees would be chopped.

The hospital has more than 100 trees and the greens claim that more than 50 trees in one particular area in an urban region is a deemed forest according to rules.

People came to know about the felling of trees when the power connection to the hospital of NGO Sarvodaya was snapped.

Sarvodaya carries out the BBMP’s animal birth control programme by neutering stray dogs. For the past three days, the NGO’s facility inside the hospital has been without power as the veterinary department has asked them to shift without giving them any alternative location.

Mayor appraised
The representatives had called on Mayor G Padmavathi and apprised her about the problem caused by snapping the power connection.

When contacted, BBMP joint commissioner (health and solid waste management) Sarfaraz Khan said there were some issues after power supply was disconnected.

“I have asked the veterinary hospital authorities and Sarvodaya executives to come with details. We will provide them an alternative place soon,” said Khan.
DH News Service

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