Stop axing trees in Bengaluru
8561 trees are proposed to be cut for a road-widening project, in order to decongest the tech corridor. More than 33,000 trees are to be cut for the upcoming PRR project.
In just the past couple of years, air pollution has risen drastically in Bengaluru, with construction dust, garbage burning and the rise in private vehicles leading to more emissions. In the midst of this, the city's old trees are a natural buffer and their loss for development projects will lead to worsening impact of climate change, not to mention the health effects of air pollution.
Thathaguni33,000 trees: Stop the PRR project33,838 trees, 25 acres of forest land and 6 water bodies are under threat due to the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project in Bengaluru. The Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) has been arguing that only 200 will be cut, using an erroneous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for four years now. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) rejected the report based on the submission by the Horticulture and Forest Department that about 16,685 trees need to be felled. The BDA have now admitted that in fact over 33,000 trees will be felled for the project. The sheer number of trees and the environmental impact has been hidden by the BDA for the past few years -- this is unacceptable! Can we still call Bengaluru a Garden City? Let’s fight for what’s left of it. Source: https://www.deccanherald.com/city/top-bengaluru-stories/bengaluru-not-200-over-33000-trees-to-go-for-peripheral-ring-road-865300.html11,836 of 15,000 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org
BengaluruRailway of Doom: Save the Western GhatsA project that environmentalists have been opposing for decades - The Hubbali-Ankola rail line was given a go-ahead by CM Yediyurappa on the 21st of March ironically coinciding with World Forests Day. This decision means the eradication of forest land up to 727 hectares, with a track that cuts through 80% of the Western Ghats. A plan that been rejected from its inception in 1997- till the present, the Hubballi-Ankola railway is slated to run from Hubballi in Dharwad district to Ankola in Uttara Kannada district over a distance of 168 km, cutting through dense forests of the Western Ghats. The railway track is proposed to be laid in two biodiversity hotspots – the Kali Tiger Reserve and Bedthi Conservation Reserve. A conservative number of 2.2 lakh trees at least, will be lost to this project. According to a National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) report on the project, the forests through which the railway line cuts, supports 29 species of mammals, 256 species of birds, 8 species of reptiles, and 50 species of butterflies. The majority of the mammals are in the IUCN red list and also protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1972. The NTCA was also not the only environmental body to object to this disastrous plan, the National Board for Wildlife and the Central Empowered Committee also rejected these plans. But why is the CM still hell-bent on going ahead with these plans? We as citizens need to speak out against this atrocious project, which is not only harmful to all the living beings in the Ghat’s but also to the taxpayer’s money. This rail line might soon be defunct with the projected decline in mining activity in the region, there is also an ADB-funded road that is underutilized near this area. This makes rail line an exercise in futility that will result in cruel harm to our environment and the ecosystems of many animals. While the line has approval from the State board, it is still not too late. It must be approved by the National Board for Wildlife to continue, let’s make sure that the buck stops there. We cannot allow this to happen under our watch! Join this to petition the chairman of the National Board for Wildlife PM Modi to stop this terrible scheme.6,702 of 7,000 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org
BengaluruSave 8561 trees from being axed in Bengaluru!UPDATE 1. On 5 February 2020, Fridays for future along with citizens of Bangalore participated created a Human Chain to protest against the cutting of trees. 2. On 6 February Some citizens met Deputy conservator of forest and asked him to intervene but DCF suggested that tree authority can only send recommendations and are under a lot of pressure to pass the order for clearing of trees. 3. On 14 February Children protested in their school and outside on Sarjapur road to talk about the felling of trees in the green heart campaign. 4. February about 35 citizens from Bangalore visited KRDCL office to deliver petition and talk to MD about the project. MD denied the need for EIA or public consultation for any road widening project. Over 30 RTI were filled by citizens on 14 February regarding the project. 5. Citizens did not receive any updates on the RTIs even after the one month of filing RTIs. 6. KRDCL has issued orders to fell the trees in Anekal Taluk as part of the project. The process would start on 8 July. These are very difficult & unprecedented times. We never expected that a tiny virus like COVID-19 will bring life to a standstill for months. We are all still grappling with the effects of a less understood VIRUS and with even lesser understanding of how to combat it, and this is a ZOONOTIC DISEASE. One of the causes for repeated emergence of zoonotic diseases is due to wild animals’ habitat deprivation, the animals dead or alive interacting with HUMANS & hence such ZOONOTIC diseases spreading & mutating causing irreversible damages to humans & our way of life. It is ironic that during COVID-19 pandemic, the Forest Department has given orders to clear trees, in spite of all requests by COURT to stay any such action, by issuing permission to fell them and widen roads. This is CONTEMPT of court by your department. Bengaluru, our green cover is under threat once again. 8561 trees are proposed to be cut for a road-widening project, in order to decongest the tech corridor. Existing two-lane and four-lane roads will be converted into four-lane and six-lane ones on the stretch between Bannerghatta, Sarjapur, Mandur, Anekal and Whitefield. Some of these trees are over 80 years old and include peepal, banyan, tamarind and other species. In just the past couple of years, air pollution has risen drastically in Bengaluru, with construction dust, garbage burning and the rise in private vehicles leading to more emissions. In the midst of this, the city's old trees are a natural buffer and their loss for development projects will lead to worsening impact of climate change, not to mention the health effects of air pollution. This is what the project looks like in a nut-shell. - 4 Projects - Estimate 2000 + crore - Cost per km - 8.44 crore - Numbers of trees to be cut - 8561(according to official number, actual numbers may be higher) - Lack of Transparency - No Detailed Project Report - Available in public domain -- Number of public consultation done on the project - zero -- Public consultation about tree cutting - -- On December 24, members of trees authority came unprepared to answer citizen questions. -- On 20 Jan 2020, order issued that jurisdiction of trees outside BBMP does not fall under Tree committee! Bangalore has always been known as the Garden City. However, rampant development due to unplanned real estate and road widening projects, we are on the path to losing that tag. We are moving backwards, destroying our green cover for a concrete jungle even as other countries realise the true meaning of development without sidelining the environment. We cannot let this happen. Sign this petition now. Reference https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/krdcl-proposes-to-fell-8561-trees-on-citys-outskirts/articleshow/73502165.cms22,488 of 25,000 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org
BengaluruSave Bengaluru from a Greenocide!Bengaluru trees are under threat! Once again, BBMP has floated tenders to cut close to 500 trees on Jayamahal-Bellari road. BBMP is determined to launch the project again after a five-year delay due to transfer of rights of the land(1). Citizens and activists have been asking for a tree census for years now and yet it has not been conducted citing bureaucratic hurdles. The road widening project will also pave way for the ill-conceived elevated corridor project as the road is being widened to bring in a standard width for the median to support the elevated corridor project. In fact, in 2016 more than 8000 people formed a human chain to protect the future of these trees(2). Time and again citizens of Bengaluru have told the government that elevated corridor cutting through the city’s green heritage is not the solution to the traffic woes. Instead, the government should focus on developing a holistic public transport system. More importantly, there has been no public consultation regarding the project which is in direct contradiction to environmental laws of the country. Sign this urgent campaign demanding that the BBMP hold a public consultation before passing such arbitrary laws. 1. https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/civic/greenocide-to-start-in-february-in-bengaluru/articleshow/73146530.cms 2. https://www.deccanherald.com/city/bengaluru-infrastructure/jayamahal-road-widening-to-claim-100-trees-770701.html6,549 of 7,000 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org