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Thursday, June 30, 2011

BANGALORE GREEN MURDERS: Gritty residents to stall Sankey Road widening!

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Bangalore, June 26, DHNS.

‘Number of vehicles plying does not warrant a wider stretch’

All for trees: Activists stage a protest in front of the house of C N Ashwath Narayan, MLA, Malleswaram, in Bangalore on Sunday demanding that the BBMP shelve the plan to widen the Sankey Tank Road. DH PhotoIf the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is determined to go ahead with its plans to fell 19 trees in a week to widen Sankey Tank Road, residents and NGOs are no less unwavering in their resolve to stall the project.

On Sunday, the agitation against the proposed felling of trees intensified with a series of public meetings and demonstrations. Slamming the civic agency for its “unclear” procedure, the protesters maintained that the project lacked transparency.

The campaign against the felling of trees began with a public meeting at Sankey Road at 7 am. Stressing that widening of Sankey Tank Road is not inevitable as the BBMP claims, the campaigners said that traffic had soared on the stretch only after the road between Maramma Temple Junction and CNR Rao Circle was closed for building an underpass. Hence, once the underpass is ready and that road is opened, traffic on Sankey Tank Road would come down, they argued.

City Administrations spend hundreds of crores on road-widening activities; but they do not wish to spend a small fraction of a percent of that amount on 'Translocation-of-Trees'!

A 'Translocation' of a Tree costs only Rs. 5,000/- to Rs. 15,000/- depending on the girth of the tree rather than the age of it.


But still they would rather choose to fell them, depriving the local ecology of the greenery and the pleasant climes that they afford!

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