Saturday, April 23, 2005

Decision on trees makes greens happy

Decision on trees makes greens happy

The Hindu

BANGALORE: "Greens" of the city are understandably happy. On Thursday, several organisations, including Greenpeace, Environment Support Group, CIVIC Bangalore, People for Animals and Alternative Law Forum, held a meeting at the Traffic Park on St. Mark's Road to celebrate their victory.

For more than a week now environmental groups have been protesting over the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP)'s proposal to fell close to 700 trees on various roads, acting on a request from the inter-department Task Force on Traffic Management.

The reason was: the trees were obstructing traffic on many roads and at other places, they had to be felled to widen turnings to minimise accidents.

When the BMP Commissioner, K. Jothiramalingam, clarified that only 80 trees were to be cut and others will only have their branches trimmed, the environmentalists did not agree and wanted the decision revoked.


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