To Deputy conservator of forests

To, 

Deputy Conservator of Forest

Karnataka Forest Department


Campaign Demand
1. Extend the deadline for submitting objections on Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project

2. Do not approve cutting of more than 6000+ trees for Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project

3.Consult experts to ensure lake rejuvenation does not come at the cost of the ecology of the area.



Amidst the pandemic, Bangalore Forest Department is once again inviting objections to be sent for the axing of more than 6316 trees in Singanayakanahalli to make way for a lake under the Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project. It is home to peacocks belonging to schedule 1 under the Wildlife Protection act (1972), apart from a rich biodiversity consisting of foxes, snakes, birds, and insects. 


Why destroy an ecosystem to create a new one? Citizens and environmentalists are angry.  Angry over the Minor Irrigation Department’s proposal to clear over 6,000 trees, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Lake experts are of the opinion that lake rejuvenation can happen without cutting such a huge amount of trees. Time is needed for such plans to be presented. 

According to a recent notification by the Forest Department, 6,316 trees have been proposed to be felled to make way for the development of Singanayakanahalli lake, as they are in the way of the project. The notification, published on June 14, has invited objections via email or post within 10 days of its publication.


The Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project aims to fill 65 tanks in Bengaluru Urban, Rural and Chickballapur. Last February, Bagaluru lake became the first to receive treated water from the project and was meant to act as an impounded reservoir to supply water to 11 other lakes in the region. Though direct use of treated water for drinking and agricultural purposes has been prohibited, farmers in the area were largely optimistic of the project pushing up the water table.


Just last month more than 3000 people expressed their concern about sending objections on tree cutting for upcoming metro projects. Citizens have repeatedly mentioned that amidst the lockdown it is not possible to survey large tracts of land and give constructive objections to a project


Source

  1. Hebbal-Nagawara valley project: Over 6,000 trees face the axe - The Hindu

  2. Bengaluru: Forest department wants to cut 6,000 trees for revival of Singanayakanahalli lake,invites objections - Times of India

To Deputy conservator of forests

To, 

Deputy Conservator of Forest

Karnataka Forest Department


Campaign Demand
1. Extend the deadline for submitting objections on Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project

2. Do not approve cutting of more than 6000+ trees for Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project

3.Consult experts to ensure lake rejuvenation does not come at the cost of the ecology of the area.



Amidst the pandemic, Bangalore Forest Department is once again inviting objections to be sent for the axing of more than 6316 trees in Singanayakanahalli to make way for a lake under the Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project. It is home to peacocks belonging to schedule 1 under the Wildlife Protection act (1972), apart from a rich biodiversity consisting of foxes, snakes, birds, and insects. 


Why destroy an ecosystem to create a new one? Citizens and environmentalists are angry.  Angry over the Minor Irrigation Department’s proposal to clear over 6,000 trees, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Lake experts are of the opinion that lake rejuvenation can happen without cutting such a huge amount of trees. Time is needed for such plans to be presented. 

According to a recent notification by the Forest Department, 6,316 trees have been proposed to be felled to make way for the development of Singanayakanahalli lake, as they are in the way of the project. The notification, published on June 14, has invited objections via email or post within 10 days of its publication.


The Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project aims to fill 65 tanks in Bengaluru Urban, Rural and Chickballapur. Last February, Bagaluru lake became the first to receive treated water from the project and was meant to act as an impounded reservoir to supply water to 11 other lakes in the region. Though direct use of treated water for drinking and agricultural purposes has been prohibited, farmers in the area were largely optimistic of the project pushing up the water table.


Just last month more than 3000 people expressed their concern about sending objections on tree cutting for upcoming metro projects. Citizens have repeatedly mentioned that amidst the lockdown it is not possible to survey large tracts of land and give constructive objections to a project


Source

  1. Hebbal-Nagawara valley project: Over 6,000 trees face the axe - The Hindu

  2. Bengaluru: Forest department wants to cut 6,000 trees for revival of Singanayakanahalli lake,invites objections - Times of India

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To,

The DCF, Date : June 21", 2021,

Aranya Bhavan, Place : Singanayakahalli Lake

18" Cross, Malleshwaram,

Bengaluru ~ 560 003,


Dear Sir,

Project: Tree felling of 6316 trees for lake rejuvenation

Namma Bengaluru foundation made a site visit to Singanayakahalli lake with a diaspora of citizens from all walks of life. This group consisted of Urban Conservationists, Artists, Citizen Scientists, Activists, Wildlife enthusiasts, locals and more. The following are the findings of the group.

The group was astonished to find the thick dense forest like foliage and trees with various birds, anthills, bird nests, snake pits, moths, and butterflies. They also found heavy wildlife traffic in the area, also finding a fox carcass in their path. They also spotted peacocks which is a schedule 1 wildlife species on the ground.

They spoke to local cowherds who stated that there are nearly 1000 cattle grazing on these grounds. This supports our observation that this area has been a grassland nurturing cattle herders for their occupation from all surrounding villages. As per their knowledge, these trees have been here for more than 30 to 40 years. They also stated that recently the forest department has taken interest in this land and planted Pongam saplings amidst the natural flora which is visible.

We completely support the lake rejuvenation project but not at the destruction of the above ecology and habitat. The nearby villages need water for their farming and day to day activities. The above findings have not been listed in the documents which is shared in the (aranya.gov.in) website. There has also been a short-sighted approach to the entire project with haste to cut down 6316 trees. It is our request that you produce the findings by relevant departments and a conclusive document to rejuvenate the lake without affecting the trees and the ecology prevalent at the site.

The trees are protecting the catchment area which has been recharging the groundwater for decades. This ecosystem has supported the nearby villages for many generations.

It is our request to keep the trees as is and rejuvenate the lake.

Owing to the current crisis of COVID 19, we request the public hearing to be deferred by three months until the pandemic is contained.

Best Regards,

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