Friday, October 29, 2004

Trees felled on Bellary Road for bus lane



Bus lane claims trees on Bellary Road
Friday October 29 2004 10:14 IST

BANGALORE: The dedicated bus lane system on Bellary Road has already claimed its first victim: A line of trees that spread its branches across the stretch have been cut.

The traffic police had earmarked 11-feet wide lanes on either side of Bellary Road (between the BDA office and the Hebbal flyover) exclusively for the movement of buses.

While this move may reduce traffic congestion once implemented, it also involves cutting down low lying tree branches and small trees on the kerb. Additional commissioner of Police (Traffic) Chandrashekhara said that instructions have been given to cut down only branches that obstruct the movement of buses.

Residents of the area fear that chopping down the bigger branches may eventually lead to the destruction of the trees. Some expressed concern that hacking off the limbs might make trees susceptible to heavy rains.

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