Is a CCTV more important than a tree? City police officials think so

Is a CCTV more important than a tree? City police officials think so

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-04-27 22:52 Bengaluru: The fast disappearing greenery of Bengaluru received another blow when a huge 60-year-old Nilgiri tree near Freedom Park was hacked off by the BBMP after officials from the Upparpet police station complained that it was blocking a CCTV camera. The police officials requested the BBMP to axe the tree, and the civic agency did so. Speaking to Bfirst, Ajay Hilori, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), said the tree was “blocking” the CCTV camera fixed to “maintain law and order”. “We could watch activities that happened only on the road. Other activities taking place beyond the road could not be tracked due to the Nilgiri tree which was huge and blocked the camera. We understand that it provides shade but we did not find any other option,” said the DCP. Rangaswamy, BBMP Assistant Conservator of Forest, did not agree that the tree blocked the camera but he said the tree was old and could have fallen any time. “The tree was more than 60 years old and matured. It would have fallen any time. The Upparpet police station had requested us earlier to cut this tree but we did not do so. We received another letter to cut down three Nilgiri trees but we have cut only one,” he said.Ruing the loss, Vijay Nishanth, urban conservationist, said Bengaluru was “created out of trees”. “One of the manuscripts of Hoysala rulers, who ruled in the 13th century says, trees above the ground and water below the water. This shows how the rulers had given importance to trees even in the 13th century,” said Nishanth. Nishanth said in 1994 Bengaluru received the Indira Priyadarshini Award for greenery. “Due to urbanization, we have lost many trees as a result of which there is increase in temperature. We should act responsibly and not cut down trees for the sake of CCTV cameras because a tree takes a long time to grow.”