Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-11-08 19:07 Bengaluru: The axing of a huge cotton silk tree in the Balabrooie guest house premises on Sankey Road has led to a controversy, with activists claiming that the BBMP had axed the tree for the steel flyover project, thereby violating the National Green Tribunal directive.The tree was felled by the BBMP in the wee hours of Monday. The 55-foot tree was said to be one of the tallest trees on the stretch. But Manjunath, who is in-charge of Balabrooie Guest House, rubbished the allegations. “There is no relation between the felling of this tree and the steel flyover. It is just a coincidence. Every year, when it rained heavily, this particular tree's branches used to fall. Last year, a car got damaged,” he said.The official said last December they had written a letter to the Horticulture Department to chop the tree, following which the Horticulture Department wrote a letter to the government which in turn forwarded the matter to the matter to the BBMP forest wing. “Two days ago, the forest wing came and inspected the tree condition and gave us permission to chop it down,” he said.When asked why it was done in the early hours of Monday, Manjunath said the road witnessed heavy traffic during peak hours.An official from the forest wing also trashed the claims of green activists. “Although the tree looked healthy, the bottom part of tree trunk was shredding due to excess water content and it was more than 50 years old,” he said.