Must Read: What a shame, 24 trees cut down just for advertisement hoardings!


Residents of Bellandur (Bellandur is a suburb in south-east Bangalore, Karnataka India) were in for a rude shock on Thursday morning to see 24 trees were chopped down in their area. Around 24 trees were cut down to give better visibility to advertisement hoardings on Thursday, 10th May. Residents of Green Glen Layout were shocked when they found out 24 trees were mercilessly chopped just for advertisement hoarding. However, when the residents teamed up with the company of environmental activists complained to the forest department against all this, a forest official got the hoarding removed on Monday (14 May, 2018) morning. This is said to be the fourth such incident in the recent past.
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“The trees being damaged for the visibility of hoarding is a big problem in the Bengaluru city. A number of cases of trees being harmed by poisoning them or with acid by advertising agencies have been reported in the past,” Vijay Nishanth, Tree Doctor, said in a statement.

Vijay, with 25 other members from HSR layout, Iblur, Suncity, and Bellandur, visited the location and applied liquid bandage and fungicide (tree healer that should be applied when the tree is cut off as it helps the tree to grow back) on the trees.
Residents of Bellandur | Image Courtesy: Indiatimes

“These trees have been cut by the private organizations mercilessly to improve the visibility of their advertisement hoardings. This has been happening for some time now and based on our complaints to the Lokayukta, three FIRs have been filed. There is an order which makes it illegal to cut trees for the purpose of better visibility. The licenses of these organizations must be canceled and their hoardings must be brought down immediately,” added Vijay.

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Residents said tree chopping is due to the hoarding menace on either side of the road, similar to what happened in Marathahalli last month where 10 trees were chopped. 
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Odette Katrak, a resident, further said “All these trees have been cut overnight as most of the cops in the area were busy with elections.

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