BMRCL bypass rules: Tree committee complains to HC

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BMRCL bypass rules: Tree committee complains to HC

BMRCL bypass rules: Tree committee complains to HC

IANS   ¦    Apr 10, 2019 03:18:20 PM (IST)

BMRCL bypass rules: Tree committee complains to HC-1

Bengaluru: The tree committee appointed by the High Court to check on the indiscriminate felling of trees for developmental projects in the city is all set to appeal to the HC against the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) for not abiding by the rules laid for protecting the trees while undertaking the rail work in the city.

The BMRCL had to consult the tree committee and seek permission before felling trees for their project. The tree committee alleges that the corporation did not consult them before felling trees and is now planning to cut 250 trees between Bannerghatta and Nagavara and another 100 trees between Hosur Road and Vellara Junction.

The tree committee was formed by the HC in November 2015 and had directed the BMRCL to consult the tree committee before cutting 50 or more trees. Apart from the tree committee, the BMRCL had to get permission from Tree Authority from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Deputy Conservator of Forests. According to the tree committee members the BMRCL had not done any of these.

A committee member told media persons that they are going to approach HC as the BMRCL was not abiding by the courts' directions.

The BMRCL cuts the trees by dividing them into smaller numbers and seek permission to cut them alleged the tree committee member.

A case is filed by the Bangalore Environment Trust against the BMRCL on the trees axed and disrespect to the committee.