BBMP forest cell to compensate for loss of tree cover for Metro, steel bridge

BBMP forest cell to compensate for loss of tree cover for Metro, steel bridge

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-10-21 11:23 Bengaluru: While the City will be stripped of its good green cover thanks to the expansion of Metro and the proposed steel bridge from Basaveshwara Circle to Esteem Mall in Hebbal, the BBMP forest wing has come forward to compensate the loss of tree cover– by planting more trees.More than 927 trees will be chopped off for the Phase 2 of the Metro project that will connect Puttenahalli to Anjanapura, RV Road to Bommasandra, Hebbagodi to Electronic City. Also, it is estimated that 812 trees will be lost to make way for the steel bridge.To compensate the loss, the Palike forest wing will plant more than 8,000 trees – in various wards – as compensation. However, it is not clear, how it is going to help those areas where trees will be felled for various projects. “Tender process has been initiated to plant varieties of saplings,” said an official from the BBMP forest cell.Those who bag the tenders will plant the saplings that are specifically mentioned by the forest department. They include Neem, Jasmine, Jamun, Mahagony, Honge and other trees that grow up and are very strong to live for many years. “This is the condition we have mentioned while calling the tenders. If they plant saplings other than we have mentioned, they would be levied fine,” the officer added. Other conditions to be met are - the plant should be 6 to 7 feet tall, they should be watered well and protected with tree guards.“The estimated cost of this project is Rs 60.80 lakhs and the saplings will be first planted in five wards of Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Bommanahalli zones. Besides, Vasanthpur, Anjanapur, Begur, Uttarahalli and Hemmigepura are also being considered for plantation.”