Saturday, September 26, 2009

Greens win: no tree-felling in GKVK

Greens win: no tree-felling in GKVK

Bangalore: The high court on Friday directed the BDA and BBMP not to cut tress on the GKVK campus. The vacation division Bench headed by Justice A S Bopanna passed this interim order on a PIL challenging the proposed 9.5-km link road connecting Yeshwantpur and Yelahanka and the BIA, and cutting of hundreds of trees on the GKVK campus to build it. Earlier, counsel for BBMP told the court that no more trees would be cut. The court posted the matter after the Dasara vacation.
Counsel for petitioners told the court that the road was opposed by the UAS’ board of regents at its meeting on May 29, 2009.
But, on August 18, it took a diametrically opposite decision. Vidyaranyapura residents opposed the road and cutting of trees. The governor asked the authorities to heed their plea. The BBMP moved men and machinery to cut the trees on September 5 and 700-odd trees were cut or felled.
Seven former vice-chancellors of UAS and UAS Employees Association are among the petitioners.


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