Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Translocated trees are doing well

Translocated trees are doing well
Tuesday June 26 2007 09:52 IST

BANGALORE: The initiative of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to translocate adult trees for road widening and construction of Metro, seems to have yielded good results.

Despite the skepticism of the environmentalists and nature lovers, the civic agency had gone ahead with the plan.

Till date, it has translocated nine fully grown Tabubia (native species) and Pride of India trees which were standing tall and strong on M G Road.

They have been transplanted near the Manekshaw Parade Grounds. Speaking to this website’s newspaper, Tree Officer, BBMP, Forest Cell, Udupudi Krishna said that the nine trees have been fastened to iron rods with ropes so that their roots firmly hold the new soil and withstand the strong winds and the southwest monsoon showers.

‘They will remain tied up for two months.” he said. The civic agency has identified 40 trees which could obstruct Metro construction.

“Two of them have been axed since they were old, and the remainder have been pruned,” he said.

Same work was initiated on Race Course Road for road widening. But it’s at present on hold as the 11 KB BESCOM line is interrupting the work.

“The BESCOM department is presently shifting the high volt cables, after which the work by BBMP will be initiated,” Krishna added.


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