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To: B. S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka
Save Jayamahal Trees
Do not cut trees on Jayamahal Road and scrap the elevated corridor project once and for all
Why is this important?
Earlier this year, hundreds and thousands of Bangaloreans came together to tell the government that they don’t want the elevated corridor. The project tender was cancelled in September. Now, Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa, office has again announced widening of the Jayamahal Road and Bellari Road for the elevated corridor. The road widening project would cut more than 100 trees.
In a news report, an official mentioned that “the BS Yediyurappa-led government had cancelled a tender for the elevated corridor but not the project itself(1)”. Moreover, Deputy Conservator of Forests, BBMP, M K Cholarajappa said they have received the proposal for the project. "We are yet to conduct a tree survey following which the exact number of trees will be known,".
The issue of the elevated corridor is not a new one for Bengalureans. Some of the trees on Jayamahal- Bellary junction are more than 100 years old and have been acting as carbon sinks for decades.air pollution is an issue that needs urgent addressing -- and chopping off hundreds of trees that essentially purify the air, for 're-development' projects is only going to make it more difficult to tackle.
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.
We cannot lose our trees and clean air for a corridor that will only increase private vehicle congestion in the city!
We have saved thousands of trees in Bangalore before. We can do it again. Sign this petition NOW.