Avoid Felling of 112 Trees for Road Widening in Palace Road, Bengaluru

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Respected Sir
This is with regard to the decision made by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to cut down a large number of trees located along Jayamahal, in the roadside of the Bengaluru Palace compound in order to widen the aforementioned road. This letter is being addressed to you by the volunteers of Green Army, a student movement for conservation affiliated to Christ University, Bengaluru.
It has come to the notice of the public that the proposed widening of Jayamahal Road will result in the ruthless felling of over 200 large trees of different species that form an integral part of Bengaluru’s natural green cover. This widening project as well as the construction of a steel flyover on Bellary Road will cause the unwarranted destruction of many ecologically unique and important trees that form an integral part of the ecosystem. Many of the trees that are to be cut, such as Ficus religiosa, are traditionally considered as sacred by many religious communities. A few other species that are to be felled also possess major economic importance, such as Mangifera indica (mango) and Pterocarpus marsupium (Red sanders). Many of these trees also come under the category of ‘rain trees’, which form an umbrella species that can sustain entire microhabitats within their canopies.
Considering the sizes of these trees, it can also be assumed that they are several decades old and hence, cutting them will have major adverse effects on air pollution, biodiversity and temperature in the area. Over the years, citizens have noted with dismay that the city once praised as the ‘Garden City’ of the nation has become increasingly industrialized and polluted, with concrete buildings and construction work replacing many of our invaluable green spaces. As responsible citizens and also as denizens of this planet, it is our duty to ensure that the trees that help to sustain our environment and provide us with invaluable resources are protected at all costs.
Therefore, on behalf of all concerned residents of Bengaluru, we would like to request you to reconsider this project and prevent the unnecessary loss of biodiversity in the area. We hope that any future plans for the development of the city will be made while ensuring minimal or no damage to the environment. We believe that development at the cost of our essential life supporting resources is suicidal. Therefore we look forward to receiving a positive response from you on this matter.
Thank you
Yours sincerely
Members of Green Army