Submitted by Rashmi on Fri, 2017-03-10 19:26 Bengaluru: Following complaints that advertisement agencies had poisoned trees to give a better display of their hoardings, BBMP cracked down on illegal hoardings and pulled down two such hoardings in Mahadevapura zone on Friday. BBMP horticulture department was assisted by Forest Department along and Vijay Nishanth, a tree conservationist. The drive followed a complaint that a hoarding displaying a picture of sunset in New York shot on iphone was put up after allegedly chopping the trees near Mahadevapura. Of the two illegal hoardings – that were pulled down on Friday – belong to Jio network and Bhima jewellery brand. As many as 17 trees were poisoned and 13 other trees were pruned without the BBMP’s permission to give these brands a better display. Sources from the Forest department said majority of the trees that were poisoned were Thespesia Populnea. "Licence of the agencies that were responsible to put up these hoardings has been cancelled. They have been served notice too,” said Vijay Nishanth. He hoped that the issue would be raised in the next council meet. Assistant Conservator of Forest Thippanna said "We could not remove the 100-ft advertisement of iphone as it is very huge and requires more man power. However, it will be brought down, tomorrow." He further added that, notice will also be served to BBMP advertisement department for failing to notice such illegal advertisements coming up in Mahadevapura jurisdiction. Besides, an FIR has already been filed against the advertisement agencies and a notice has been slapped to the agency, he added. "We realised only when trees began to wilt. We suspect that around two weeks ago, acid might have been poured directly to the roots of the trees," he added. "Only three trees can be saved out of 17 trees which were poisoned. It is insane to see trees being poisoned or chopped. We will try to save the rest of the trees," said Vijay Nishanth.