Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SHP)
Bengaluru, Feb 10: Over 8,500 trees will likely be axed by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) to decongest traffic in the tech corridor in the city. The move has irked the environmentalists who are criticizing the KRDCL.
Campaigning organisation Jhatkaa.org has collected more than 2,500 signatures demanding an immediate stay on felling of trees, some of which are as old as 80 years. The organisation has also called for proper and accessible public consultation to be held for all projects.
Protesters on Saturday demanding immediate stay on the decision against the move to cut trees
The KRDCL plans to convert the existing two-lane and four-lane roads into four-lane and six-lane roads respectively along the stretch between Bannerghatta, Sarjapura, Mandur, Anekal and Whitefield. However, the environmentalists stress that the spike in the levels of air pollution in Bengaluru is due to the mass razing of trees for new infrastructural projects.
“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,” the petition reads.