With the BBMP receiving flak for the trees it has earmarked for felling for various infrastructure projects in the city, the civic agency has come up with a plan to allay public consternation by planting saplings of their choice in front of their houses. There is clamour in the city to save the hundreds of trees endangered due to widening of Jayamahal Road and the proposed steel flyover project.
Explaining the plan, BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said the civic body will launch a web portal and a mobile-based application through which citizens can make a request for any of the selected species which they want to see before their houses. “Our officer will visit the location along with the species and will dig the pit. Once the entire procedure is completed, a picture will be taken and uploaded on the website,” Prasad said.
The commissioner said plans are on to plant around 10 lakh saplings of various species all over the city.
“It will cost Rs 5 crore. I have given directions to all tree officers working under BBMP limits to ensure that saplings are ready by monsoon or till June first week,” he said. However, the commissioner said that public participation is important for the success of the project. In earlier cases, forest officers have shrugged away responsibility by stating that animals have eaten away the saplings.
“We need active participation of residents to maintain green cover in the city. Residents should not completely rely on the civic body. Once the sapling is laid before their house, they should also take equal responsibility to save those saplings and help them to grow into huge trees. The responsibility of citizens begins from the day the saplings are planted in front of their house.
Tomorrow, nobody can question officials as we are maintaining full transparency and the plants will be laid in those locations from where citizens’ demand will come. This apart, we will be doing our routine job too,” Prasad told media.
Mahogany, Urvashi, Tapasi, Ranjal, Danubia, Rosia, Sampige, Honge, Neralian, Auraga and Baledasaval
BBMP Nurseries are at…
Kempapura Nursery in east zone, Atturu and Dairy Circle Nursery in Yelahanka zone and Koodlu Nursery in Bommanahalli zone
Credits Bangalore Mirror