BMTC gets ready to bulldoze parakeet paradise in Kalasipalyam

The BMTC has brought its earth movers to clear the trees and implement the long-pending demand to modernise the bus stand.

Bengaluru: Every evening, the huge trees near the Kalasipalyam resound with the incessant squawking of parakeets. According to an estimate, an estimated 7,000 parakeets have been living in the dense canopies of the 37-odd trees for several decades now.

But this little paradise will vanish soon as the BMTC is all set to modernise the Kalasipalyam bus stand.

The BMTC has brought its earth movers to clear the trees and implement the long-pending demand to modernise the bus stand.

Ornithologist Subramanya, who recently visited the bus stand, said the congregation of parakeets was the largest he had ever seen.      

“The first of the rose-ringed parakeets arrived around 5.55pm,” said Subramanya. “We decided to count all the birds that came to roost, but what we witnessed left us stunned and dumbfounded. It was difficult to count them, as they came from every direction. In a short time, the parakeets perched on the outer canopies of trees. It appeared as though those huge tree canopies had suddenly produced a bumper crop of green mangoes growing all over them.”

Subramanya said there were around 8,000 parakeets in the trees. “This was probably the largest amount of parakeets that I ever saw in my life,” he said.

 “They have been returning every evening, generation after generation, to the same trees,” said Subramanya and wondered whether BMTC could come out with a plan to retain the trees.

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