Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-01-15 11:46 Bengaluru: In a gross violation of environment laws in Laggere ward of Rajarajeshwari Nagar, a resident has chopped about nine trees to install the CCTV cameras to his house. The incident took place about twenty days ago. The illegal chopping of nine trees took place in S V S School Road in Kempegowda Layout in Laggere. The trees have been chopped of all their branches and reduced to half their height. The chopping of trees for private purpose issue came to the light after the Council member of Laggere Ward Manjula N Swami raised the issue and complained to the Mayor B N Manjunath Reddy during the Council meeting held on Wednesday in BBMP. Manjula alleged that “A resident who is powerful has chopped the trees to install CCTV cameras for his house without taking permission from the BBMP officials. The chopping has been done amid several oppositions”.Speaking to BFirst.in, Narayana Swamy, Manjula’s husband said, “I had filed a complaint 20 days ago with the BBMP officials but I did not seek any proper response from them. I am very much concerned about environmental issues. I felt very bad after this happened”. “BBMP has to take action against such miscreants. If they cannot do it then I will upload all the photos in social media and stage an agitation along with the environmentalists”, he added.Speaking to BFirst.in, Mayor B N Manjunath Reddy said, “It is a very serious issue that I came across in the Council meeting. The residents have no right to chop the trees in order to install the CCTV cameras. They have other healthy ways to do it. I have directed the officials to take the action against the offenders. Later, they will be booked as per the laws of BBMP”, he added. Veerabhadrappa, Joint Commissioner of BBMP, Rajarajeshwari Nagar said, “Yes, he had complained with me a week ago. I have directed the Forest officer of BBMP to take action against the miscreants. As I was busy at other things I could not look into it properly. Now I will look into it very strictly and I will not spare the guilty”, he added.However, Manjula’s husband Narayana Swamy eventually disclosed, “I know the resident who has chopped the trees but I let the BBMP officials to investigate into it. I have been reminding the officials to take action, but they are delaying it. If they are unable to find out the resident who chopped the trees, then I will reveal his name”.