Monday, May 28, 2007

Tree shifted in 9-hour operation

Tree shifted in 9-hour operation

Staff Reporter

SAFE: The tree being removed from the Mahatma Gandhi Road promenade to the Field Marshal Cariappa Parade Ground in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar

BANGALORE: It was a green beginning for the Metro Rail project. Instead of cutting down trees for the project on its Mahatma Gandhi Road leg, it transplanted the first of the 10 well-grown trees from the road's promenade to the Field Marshal Cariappa Parade Ground here on Sunday.

The big Tabebuia rosa tree was moved by two cranes and transplanted into a eight-foot pit. The operation lasted nearly nine hours.

Taken up by the Bangalore Environment Trust, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, the job was executed by over 20 personnel attached to the Chennai-based Masterplan Landscape Architects.

The process started around 5 a.m. The Tabebuia rosa tree was reduced to a vertical lump as most of its branches were chopped off.

The tree was tied from four sides before the workers started to dig the earth around it.

After digging a 10-foot pit around it, the mother root was preserved in its original form, while the other roots were cut. The roots so cut were treated with friendly-chemicals to protect them from further damage.


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