15 Regulations that can save Bangalore’s green cover!!

Who care’s there are still lot many trees around!! This seems be the attitude of people and administration when you see diminishing garden city…yes, the word ‘diminishing’ is used categorically to instate the alarming situation…

It has become a normal sight to see trees being cut, uprooted or falling victim to termite attacks and no one seems to care about them.

Take an example of y’day, in and around Indira Nagar, in the morning. I counted at least sixteen trees under large termite attack on one road, one in the five.

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One coconut tree cut down in my neighboring house at noon.

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A huge massacred of more than five-six trees average age should be 50+ years on 80 ft road, old madras road junction on a construction site, behind the church. I felt deeply hurt.

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Not to forget umpteenth number of advertisements nailed on the trees for PG accommodations, call taxies etc….only few pictures have been shared here… Heart broken, I felt like an important organ of the city being amputed!!

I heard there are many measures forest departments’ takes via have dedicated officers to conserve the green wealth in far flung forest areas. I think their presence in governance in cities is now becoming essential as it make more sense to monitor the green public wealth.

Few regulations/things which should be immediately enforced and implemented are..

1.Conduct tree census and index each and every tree on public and private land and should be duly marked on current and future Development plans.

2.All trees should be protected like endangered species and prohibit cutting, trimming activities anywhere in the city jurisdiction.

3.Before approving any construction plans a forest department NOC should be mandated, any vacant land which has trees older than 5+ years must modify the designs to protect the current trees.

4.All trees on the roads must be monitored at least on monthly basis to protect them from termite and human attacks such as nailing posters and advertisements.

5.Any tree cutting should require approval from CM’s office under an affidavit notified via magistrate after obtaining forest department NOC. More importantly this notification for cutting should be advertised to invite objections from public if this tree is on public land.

6.All offences on trees should be treated at par with humans and major punishments like imprisonment with fat fines…the amount collected should e used to enhance monitoring. Reporting any such offence via citizens should be rewarded 50% of the fine collected. A ‘tree helpline’ should be constituted and publicized. Even police have to support such called received on the number 100.

7.A city tax should be levied on all properties which do not have earmarked space for trees within the premise for sites which are more than 40×60 in dimension; all smaller sites should have a reservation for one vacant space on the same road against 10 houses sold.

8.All current tree conservationists who have five or more trees in their premise aging more than 10 years should get 10% tax rebate and support for monitoring them.

9. All apartments should have provided for one tree per resident duly maintain by the resident. Most enemies of trees are car park requirements, thus all residential sanctions must include / insist on design incorporating stilt car park, be it a independent house or an apartment.

10. All localities should form a tree committee and govern the trees and coordinate with forest department to help conserve them, best committees should be rewarded with tax rebates for entire neighborhood…

11. All advertisements, cables put/pulled on/upon the trees should be removed and any deviations should be reported via a toll free tree helpline or dedicated website.

12. All defaulters should be deprived of any govt benefits or rebates, even business houses who only promote decorative plants and lawn should not be exempted if they don’t support big trees and include aforestation in their corporate objectives in their premised where they operate.

13. Large urbanization projects should provide for budgets for relocation of trees if coming in way and ensure proper technologies are in place to safeguard the wellbeing of each individual tree being moved or relocated.

14. Each corporate house should get free advertisement rights on road they would adopt in conservation of trees.

15. All holding’s should be removed if they cause any disturbance on growth of any tree directly or indirectly.

Perhaps these measures could help us sustain this green wealth and help restore the loss already caused to this beautiful city….

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