Recent surveys indicate that Bangalore, with a population of 95 lakh, currently houses approximately 1,478,000 trees. Shockingly, this equates to just one tree for every seven residents, far below the recommended seven trees per person for optimal oxygen production. Trees are underscored for their vital roles in groundwater recharge and microclimate moderation.
The discussion revolves around a specific case – a 2.5km Ejipura flyover stretch planned since 2013. Originally requiring the removal of 39 trees, the project’s introduction of ramps has escalated this number to 67. The focus is on advocating for a balanced approach that addresses both developmental needs and environmental preservation.
While there is no opposition to the flyover project itself, a firm objection is raised against the unnecessary felling of 67 trees. The emphasis is on collaborative efforts involving local residents, expert committees, and governmental bodies to explore alternative solutions.
Advocacy for proper consultations with local residents and expert committees.Recommendations for engagement with the Tree Expert Committee and the Biodiversity Committee of Bangalore.Suggestions to limit road capacity additions to the existing alignment, avoiding further encroachment on tree-lined areas. Suggestions to limit road capacity additions to the existing alignment, avoiding further encroachment on tree-lined areas.
Underscoring the significance of maintaining Bangalore’s green cover to combat oxygen deficiency and water scarcity, the community highlights that only 86% of the city is concretized, falling short of the recommended 33% green cover.
An earnest request is made to the government to consider the presented suggestions and prioritize designs that preserve trees as a last resort rather than the primary choice in decision-making.
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