Plant #4000trees along Hubballi - Dharwad BRTS / Highway
  • Petitioned Shri Indu B. Srivastava,

This petition was delivered to:

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HOFF), Karnatak
Shri Indu B. Srivastava,
Deputy Conservator of Forest, Dharwad
Deputy Conservator of Forest, Dharwad
Managing Director, KRDCL
Shri Srinivas
Conservator of Forest, Dharwad Circle
Shri Mahesh Shirur
Commissioner, Dept. of Urban Land Transport, UDD, Govt. of Karnatak
Ms. Manjula
Managing Director, Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS Company
Managing Director
H'ble Chief Minister of Karnatak
Shri Siddaramaiah

Plant #4000trees along Hubballi - Dharwad BRTS / Highway

    1. Santosh Nargund
    2. Petition by

      Santosh Nargund

      Bengalooru, India

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June 2013

Victory

The Hubli Dharward BRTS Co. Ltd has committed to plant not just 4000 trees as avenue plantation but 18,000 trees to compensate for the 1800 trees that were cut.
This comes after online mobilisation, on ground protests and lobbying with the authorities. More than 20,000 people joined my campaign online and offline.
Responding to our persistent pressure, the Hubli Dharward BRTS Co. Ltd has announced the following
1. They will grow 18,200 trees in Hubballi-Dharwad. The trees will be planted alongside the highway, in a plot of about 59 acres adjacent to Sanjeevani park and in schools, colleges, lakes and other public places in the twin cities.
2. The Green BRTS Committee will be formed. The members would include the MD of the company, the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Dharwad, an expert from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, and representatives of Civil Society organisations.

You may please reach me at the following for further information:
Santosh P. Nargund Email: spnargund@yahoo.com Cell: 9916135836 www.rastr.in

Nearly 2000 trees, many of them more than 100 years old were chopped down for widening the road connecting Dharwad and Hubbali.  As per the Environmental Clearance given by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India, about 4000 Trees are to be planted along the new widened highway.  However, the project proponent, DULT / KRDCL and the Forest Department are pointing fingers at each other and haven’t yet made the plan for the avenue plantation.

The trees that were cut included banyan, mango, neem, pipal and tamarind, many of them more than 100 years old, were destroyed for widening the road to 4-lanes.  The girth (diameter) of many of the trees KILLED was as big as 5 metres and has affected the ecology of the region adversely.

Neither DULT / KRDCL nor the Forest Department have any plan for the Avenue plantation along the highway, although the project is due for completion by Apr. 2013.

We appeal to Shri Indu B. Srivastava (Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Karnataka) and Ms. Manjula (Commissioner, DULT) and  concerned to take immediate steps to implement the Avenue Plantation (as per the Environmental Clearance).

 For more information visit - http://rastr.in/M4KTrees.html or call me at 9916135836

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. ‘Plant saplings along road between twin cities’: The Hindu

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer
      'Plant saplings along road between twin cities'

      Staff Correspondent Upset by the officials' "apathetic attitude" to mitigating the ecological damage in Hubli-Dharwad caused by mass felling of trees for the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), members of the Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS Environment Action Committee staged a daylong protest here on World Environment Day.

    3. ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ-ಧಾರವಾಡ ನಡುವೆ 4,000 ಸಸಿ ನೆಡಿ Read more....

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer
      ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ-ಧಾರವಾಡ ನಡುವೆ 4,000 ಸಸಿ ನೆಡಿ

      Thousands of nature lovers will be marching on World Environment Day (June 5) to plant 4,000 trees along Hubballi-Dharwad highway. More than 2,000 trees were killed by govt to widen road 3 years ago. But, so far not even a single tree has been planted as per rule.

    4. Reached 17,500 signatures
    5. Satyagraha planned to pressure authorities to plant 4,000 saplings: Hindu

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer
      Satyagraha planned to pressure authorities to plant 4,000 saplings in twin cities

      Staff Correspondent The Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS Environment Action Committee will organise a protest to highlight the damage being caused to the environment while implementing the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) project here.

    6. Implementation of BRTS lacks transparency: NGO - The Hindu

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer
      Implementation of BRTS lacks transparency: NGO

      Staff Correspondent The Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS Environment Action Committee has alleged that there is no transparency in the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) between Hubli and Dharwad. Addressing presspersons here on Monday, committee convener and chairperson of the Rashtrotthana Sankalp Trust (RASTR) Santosh Naragund, co-conveners Sham Kamath and Aravind Meti and others said that till date the Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Company Ltd.

    7. Reached 10,000 signatures
    8. Join the Satyagraha on 5th June to have a greener Hubli-Dharwad

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer

      Citizens, all organisations & elected / public representatives are hereby requested to join the Satyagraha on 5th June to have a greener Hubli-Dharwad for themselves and their children.

      2000 trees along the Hubballi-Dharwad highway have been DESTROYED for widening it to 8-lane for BRTS project without concern for the damage to the environment. These huge trees, which were hundreds of years old, were part of the culture of Hubballi-Dharwad! As per the Environmental Clearance given by Govt. of India, 4000 Trees are to be planted along the new widened highway. BRTS Company, KRDCL and Forest Department have no plan to plant the trees and are pointing to each other for the action to be taken.

      Several NGOs and Citizens of Hubballi-Dharwad led by Rashtrotthan Sankalp Trust (RASTR) held a meeting on 12-05-2013 & on 19-05-2013 and made following resolutions:.... Read more by clicking here....
      http://www.scribd.com/doc/142545862/HD-BRTS-Environment-Action-Committee-Release-20-May-2013

      HD BRTS Environment Action Committee Release 20-May-2013

      HD BRTS Environment Action Committee Release 20-May-2013 - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or readfalse online for free. Release on formation of HD BRTS Environment Action Committee & Satyagraha on World Environment Day, 5-June, to press for tree plantation along widened

    9. Meeting to plan Dharna at HD-BRTS Office on World Environment Day (5th-June

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer

      Meeting to plan Awareness / Protest March and Dharna at HD-BRTS Office on World Environment Day (5th-June); HD-BRTS project has destroyed 1800 trees that were hundreds of years old!

      Time: Sunday, May 12, 2013; 4:00pm until 6:00pm

      Venue: Consumer Protection & Research Foundation, Behind Dr. Dileep Deshpande's Orthopaedic Hospital, 1st Cross, Saptapur, Dharwad (Landmark: next to KCD 2nd Gate)

      https://www.facebook.com/events/304120123055048/

    10. Meeting with H-D BRTS Co.

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends, We have had some hard communication with DULT / H-D BRTS Co. in the past few days about their dilly-dallying on the Avenue Plantation and Compensatory Afforestation.

      Yesterday, we received an invitation from the DGM-Infrastructure of H-D BRTS Co. to meet in their Office, so that they can brief us about their efforts on this issue. We're meeting them in their KSFC Bldg Office in Rayapur, Dharwad on Fri / 15-Feb at 10:30 am. Please join us in Full Force. Please msg. / call me to confirm your participation.

      In the meanwhile, you may call their Office at Phone No: +91-80-22353972, +91-80-22035081 Fax: +91-80-22353972 or email dultbangalore@gmail.com to press for 4000 trees along the BRTS highway and for compensatory afforestation at the rate of 10 trees for every tree KILLED for the project.

      Jai Hind!
      Santosh P. Nargund
      Cell: 9916135836

    11. Reached 6,000 signatures
    12. Pictures of various meetings with Officials and public meetings

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer
      Picasa Web Albums - Rashtrotthan Sankalp - Mission 4000 ...

      Photos by Rashtrotthan Sankalp, Nov 5, 2012 - Photos from various Public meetings and discussions with Officials regarding Mission 4000 Trees, Hubballi-Dharwad.

    13. Reached 5,000 signatures
    14. Public Meeting @ Dharwad; Nov. 4

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer

      Join Public Meeting to discuss next steps like March and Awareness campaign on the Hubballi-Dharwad Highway side tree plantation.

      Venue: Naukarara Bhavan, Next to LIC, College Road, Dharwad

      Time: 9:30 am on 4-Nov-2012 / Sun.

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/460601887323871/

      Contact: 9916135836

    15. 5K Demand Avenue Plantation: TNIE

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer

      Article in The New Indian Express on our Mission 4000 Trees Activities to get planted 4000 trees, against the ~2000 trees chopped for widening the highway between Hubballi and Dharwad.

      https://picasaweb.google.com/117836128277729674454/Mission4000TreesHubballiDharwadMediaReports#5804680189937385042

      Picasa Web Albums - Rashtrotthan Sankalp - Mission 4000 ...

      Photos by Rashtrotthan Sankalp, May 10, 2012

    16. Meeting with MD, KRDCL

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer

      We're meeting the MD of KRDCL at Bengalooru to press for publishing the plan for planting the 4000 Trees along the widened highway between Hubballi & Dharwad.

      Venue: KRDCL, 1st Floor, 16/J, Miller Tank Bed Area, Thimmaiah Road Cross, Bengalooru - 560 052
      Time: 11 am on 31-Oct-2012
      FB Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/557426127607206/

    17. Reached 4,000 signatures
    18. Meeting Planned to discuss next steps and post card campaign

      Santosh Nargund
      Petition Organizer

      Join Meeting to discuss and take forward the Signature and Awareness campaign on the Hubballi-Dharwad Highway side tree plantation. Share with all and bring all.

      https://www.facebook.com/events/357141424380441/

    19. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Srivathsa Vathsa BANGALORE, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      need to protect trees as well as the envirnoment

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    • marsh bandi INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I LOVE GREEN .. CALL ME WHILE PLANTING TREES, I WISH TO HELP SOMETHING POSSIBLE FROM ME .. TREES SHOULD BE PLANTED IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE RIDER WILL FEEL LIKE BEING IN HEAVEN .. _/\_

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    • marsh bandi INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      environmental protection

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      • over 1 year ago

      Trees are not just important to me, but to the whole world - to all current and future generations. If we don't stop cutting trees now, we are nothing but destroying this planet.

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    • Sanjay Rao MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because of what has been done !

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