Namma Metro’s green shoots to sprout on Army land

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), which recently received approvals for axing 499 trees in four different locations for the Phase II Metro project, will be taking up compensatory plantation mostly on Army land.

The BMRCL’s newly-formed social and environment wing has drawn up a plan to plant 4,990 saplings in May and June this year. Documents show that City-based Nurserymen Co-operative Society Ltd has been entrusted with the task of compensatory plantation with the responsibility to maintain the plants for the next three years. During the maintenance period, the agency is expected to water the plants, remove weeds and grass, prepare quarterly reports on the growth of plants with photographers as well as replace dead plants to ensure 100 per cent survival.

As BMRCL’s greening exercise is being actively monitored by the High Court, the BMRCL, for the first time, has uploaded the plantation plan, location plan, request letter from Army headquarters, guidelines issued by the forest department for compensatory plantation on its website.

The places identified for the compensatory plantation are mostly army land. They are: Army campus in Neelasandra, Corps of Military Police (CMP) Training Centre in Iblur, ASC Centre in Domlur and Hebbal Military Land. Both the tree expert committee in the BBMP and the deputy conservator of forest (DCF), Forest department had separately issued permission for axing trees in places such as Benniganahalli, Bannerghatta road, Marenahalli road and Kadugodi.

Of the 91 trees approved for removal in Benniganahalli tank bund, 39 will be axed and another 52 trees will be translocated.

The BMRCL has received permission to remove 188 trees (135 for felling and 53 trees for transplantation) standing in Kadugodi depot, Kadugodi Metro station and Whitefield Metro station. The number of trees affected for the RV Road to HSR Layout Metro project is 13. As many as 207 trees (149 for felling and 58 for transplantation) will be axed between Jayanagar Fire Station and Nagawara.

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