Thursday, June 24, 2004

Bescom continues to wield the axe

Every other metro city I have seen, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and even Kolkata have subterranean power lines. Why not Bangalore? With the BESCOM showing no signs of being merciful with the city's green life that seems like the only way that the city's trees can be saved from the fate that has befallen tens of thousand others in the city (see photographs of BESCOM butchering trees in an earlier post and visit any residential locality in Bangalore to spot the ghoulish remains of such trees).

Bescom at it again, goes chop, chop, chop

Vijay Times News

Bangalore: Trees in the City seem to have been caught in a war of words between Bescom and the Horticulture Department.
The Horticulture Department has always blamed Bescom for the uprooting of trees in the City. It claimed the trees were chopped in an unscientific manner, causing them to lose their balance and crash.
As many as 300 trees were uprooted during the recent rains and winds in the City.
Undeterred by the allegation, Bescom on Wednesday was at it again in the City. Armed with sophisticated equipment, Bescom men began pruning trees on either side of Magadi Road, near Karnataka Housing Board Colony. "We have been asked to prune the tree branches obstructing power lines," said a person engaged in the task.
Trees, over a height of 25 feet, were pruned using cranes, causing apprehension among local people. Branches of several tall trees
were brought down as nobody protested.
When questioned whether the department had obtained permission to go ahead with the job, those engaged in cutting down the trees said they were not aware of it.


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