Decision Maker: Forest Advisory Committee (FAC)
1. Urgently withhold clearance for NHAI's project within Bannerghatta National Park and acknowledge the park's eco-sensitive nature and potential adverse impacts on local flora and fauna.
2. Explore alternative routes or solutions that avoid construction within the park's core area.
3. Reconsider the plan to cut 1288 trees in Bannerghatta National Park.
What’s the issue?
The National Highways Authority of India has proposed to construct a six-lane elevated highway inside the Bannerghatta National Forest (BNP) in Bengaluru.
The project, which is a part of the satellite township ring road (STRR), will be built on the 3.85 km stretch of the existing road connecting Bannerghatta and Jigani Road. This raises significant environmental and wildlife conservation concerns.
Bannerghatta National Park is home to a large number of wild animals including elephants, leopards and tigers and a variety of flora. The project has clearance from the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) and involves the diversion of 27 acres 18 guntas of the core area and 14 acres in the buffer zone of Bannerghatta National Park. The proposed flyover, while aiming to address traffic concerns, could pose a threat to the delicate ecosystem and disrupt the natural habitat of the wildlife residing in the park.
Why is this important?
The park is a crucial biodiversity hotspot, providing a home to endangered species like Asian Elephants, Indian Gaur, Sambar Deer and serving as a vital green lung for the region. The proposed flyover, if not carefully planned and executed, could irreversibly damage this unique ecosystem, contributing to biodiversity loss and environmental degradation.
What can we do, instead?
The NHAI has agreed to the installation of effective noise barriers and the adherence to restricted construction hours. While FAC has proposed to study the impacts of the project on the ecosystem, it might be more logical to consider alternative routes or solutions that do not involve the construction within the core area of the park.
Sign the petition, urging FAC to prioritize ecological preservation and explore alternatives that strike a balance between infrastructure development and environmental conservation.