From: mohanlal panda <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM
Subject: Logs from cut trees litter roads
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the news in the link and the attached report: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Logs-from-cut-trees-litter-roads/articleshow/9081040.cms
Logs from cut trees litter roads
BANGALORE: A day after the Karnataka High Court issued a stay order on the cutting of two trees, residents had a tough time as roads around are littered with wooden logs waiting to be cleared.
The service road which provides accessibility to a school, temple and a few houses in the area are severely affected.
Branches which fell on fencing dented the iron grills all along the bund road and the footpaths are blocked with tree branches. No work was done on Saturday by BBMP on Sankey Road. "There is no stay order for widening work. The road has to be widened, and it will be done," said deputy mayor S Harish.
`Not my job'
`Clearing branches is not my job.' That's what BBMP's deputy conservator of forest (south) Puttaswamy told STOI with regard to service roads blocked by fallen tree trunks. "Once the contract for wood cutting is given to a contractor, my work is over. It's none of my business to find whether he has taken away or cleared the branches. If it's not cleared today, it will be cleared in a day or two. I cannot stand next to the cutter and watch if he clears the logs from the roads," he said. BBMP had given the contract of tree felling to contractor Syed Jaffer for Rs 1.22 lakh.
Malleswaram residents and members of Hasiru-Usiru gave a requisition to the forest department seeking suspension of Puttaswamy for misguiding BBMP. "The auction took place though an appeal was pending in the high court. Thus, the auction was illegal. It's nothing but violation of rules. Puttaswamy is from forest department working in the BBMP on deputation and has bypassed laws. Cutting trees down should not be undertaken in the rainy season -- it poses risk to cutters as the trunks are slippery," said Vinay Sreenivasa, an activist detained by police.
Aramane Nagar corporator Dr M S Shivaprasad said those who protested against tree cutting were not affected by land acquisition. "Just five are from this area. Malleswaram residents supported the work. Those detained by police wanted to get arrested to gain public sympathy. The road will be widened within 12-18 months," said Dr Shivaprasad.
Swabhimana an initiative of the Malleswaram Residents' Welfare Association opposed Sankey Road widening. "We are not anti-development. But BBMP has not thought of alternatives to tackle traffic. Once the CNR Junction underpass is completed and road widening from C V Raman Nagar to Yeshwanthpur is done, traffic density here will come down. BBMP has not considered our suggestions," said Anand Sirur, president, RWA.
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to look into the matter and take necessary action.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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