Over a thousand citizens stood out under the sun on Saturday, to save trees along the Jayamahal road. They were not just the residents of Jayamahal and RT Nagar who are directly going to be affected, they came from Whitefield and Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
This is the second time that the citizens have protested against cutting of trees for infrastructure projects. Many said that if they allowed BBMP to cut trees on Jayamahal road, it will pave way for the BDA to push the steel flyover project. The protest was organised under the banner of Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) along with the participation of citizens from Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Banaswadi, JP Nagar, Vidyranyapura, Jayanagar and groups like Neralu, Bygone Era of Bengaluru, BPAC Civic Hub, I Change Indira Nagar, CiFOS, Whitefield Rising and Namma Bengaluru Foundation.
First time, they stepped up on the call of the Citizens Against Steel Flyover (CASFo) on October 16 last year and over 3000 people formed a human chain along Ballari road.
BBMP had long proposed to widen the Jayamahal road till Mehkri Circle. And in order to do that, it has sought permissions from its tree officers to axe 112 trees of various species along the boundary of the Palace Ground.
Srinivas Alavilli, coordinator of CfB said, “The Brand Bengaluru is under serious threat and so are our trees and children. No amount of road widening is going to fix the traffic congestion. It is ridiculous to cut 112 fully grown trees in Jayamahal which represents the kidn of Bengaluru that we want to preserve. BBMP has asked for objections. They have got their reply through the mass demonstration against cutting of trees. We demand it to acknowledge the mass objection and cancel the road widening plan. The city government mst focus on multi-modal public transport as the alternative.”
News Source: Bangalore Mirror