Tree felling: Karnataka High Court disposes off the petition

Friday, 8 August 2014 – 1:16pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
 After BBMP stated that they will monitor and ensure the planting of saplings is undertaken in a systematic and scientific manner, Karnataka High Court disposed off the petition regarding tree felling incidents in and around the City. After hearing a suo motto petition initiated by the High Court based on newspaper reports of tree felling around the City for road widening, the bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna passed the orders.

In the previous hearing, the bench had directed the amicus curiea Vaishali Hegde to submit a draft order on the issue and get details about the issue. The counsel or BBMP also submitted that payment to contractors engaged in plantation of seedlings will be released in equal installments after ensuring it is done in a systematic manner. The final installment of payment shall be released only after the survival of saplings are monitored for a period of 3 years from next year and the contractors replace the dead or deceased sapling with new ones.

The bench also said that the tree authority and tree officer should fully satisfy themselves and and certify that all the alternatives has been considered regarding the feasibility of felling the trees. The court also asked to take early action to be taken on implementing a web-based system wherein all the applications for tree felling and the decisions taken thereon are be made available to the public in a transparent manner.

The matter pertains to a suo motto petition initiated by the then Chief Justice Justice D Shylendra Kumar quoting newspaper reports stating that large number of trees are being cut for road widening. In the previous hearings, the bench had asked BBMP to constitute a tree authority and tree officers for monitoring and maintaining saplings in the city.

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