Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-09-22 19:44 Bengaluru: The BBMP’s decision to axe huge trees on Nrupathunga road for Tender SURE road project has earned the ire of city’s green activists, who are now looking to follow the Chipko route to save the trees. As many as 18 trees will face the axe for the project. Out of the 35 huge rain trees here, nearly half of them will vanish for ever if the project goes ahead. “TenderSURE project was promoted as pedestrian friendly, but it seeks to remove the most pedestrian friendly object on the road – trees,” said Vinay Srinivas, a city based green activist from Hasiru Usiru. “The design of the project seeks to install huge concrete ducts below the footpaths. This will damage the roots of existing trees and make it is impossible to plant new trees, since there will be no space for roots to grow.” He said axing trees in a city facing increasing pollution levels made no sense. “It is suicidal to fell more trees especially in the name of pedestrians,” he said. Terming the proposed tree felling illegal, activists said that as per the provisions of the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act, an appeal was filed with the mayor and commissioner of the BBMP against the order granted to fell trees on Nrupathunga Road and Jayanagar. “In spite of this, the BBMP forest wing has gone ahead and auctioned the trees even before the appeal is heard by the Tree Authority,” the activists said. Activists have decided to hug the trees to stop contractors from axing them. They have also appealed the people to join in large numbers on September 23.