Hold BDA accountable, save fate of more than 33000 trees
33,838 trees, 25 acres of forest land and 6 water bodies are under threat due to the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project.
For four years now, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has been arguing that only 200 trees will be cut, using an erroneous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) rejected the report based on the submission by the Horticulture and Forest Department that about 16,685 trees need to be felled.
BDA has now admitted that in fact over 33,000 trees will be felled for the project. Moreover, the Ring Road alignment has been changed since the initial project report and therefore this project should be rendered as a new project under the Karnataka Town Planning Act
The sheer number of trees and the environmental impact has been hidden by the BDA for the past few years -- this is unacceptable!
Over the past few weeks citizens have tried to put forth their objections. On 11 August, the public hearing was cancelled due to a rise in the number of COVID cases, despite a clear notification, BDA and KSPCB employees conducted the public hearing. The same had a poor turnout. Whether it is an erroneous Environmental Impact Assessment report or blatant violation of orders regarding following due process, citizen voices are constantly getting stifled.
As Bengalureans we have come together to urge authorities to follow the law of the land. This time should be no different. Can we still call Bangalore a Garden City? Let’s fight for what’s left of it.
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1. Scrap EIA for PRR’: An open letter from Citizens for Bengaluru - Times of India
2. 'Cancelled' hearing on Peripheral Ring Road goes ahead near Bengaluru with poor turnout - The New Indian Express
3. Peripheral Ring Road will claim 33838 trees:EIA - The Hindu