Citizens can now take online approval via app for cutting trees

Citizens can now take online approval via app for cutting trees

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-01-21 21:32 Bengaluru: Residents in BBMP limits can make the use of a new app to secure permission before axing trees to avoid legal tangles.Developed by the information technology wing of the BBMP, the ‘Sahaya App’ –  unveiled on Friday by the Mayor of BBMP, BN Manjunath Reddy – is meant to help the public to seek online permission for the cutting of trees under BBMP limits.The App will be officially available on Google Play Store App from Friday. Users can download the app and mention the reason why they want to axe the trees. The BBMP would evaluate the reason and if the reason is found genuine and serving the purpose, the app will inform the user on how to chop the tree.Apart from felling of trees, the app also has different categories such as roads, garbage, drains, street lights, mosquitoes, and stray animals. The app also contains several sub-categories such as advertisement, education planning, illegal activity, park improvement, encroachment, and others.Users can register their complaints by submitting their mobile phone numbers/email address or mobile numbers and password for the given id. Later, the BBMP issues a notification after the complaint is registered and when the complaint is attended to.Recently, a resident in Laggere ward of the BBMP had chopped about nine roadside trees to install CCTV cameras near his house. The issue had been taken up at the council meeting of the BBMP recently. Officials of the forest department of the BBMP had also booked an FIR against the person who felled the trees.