Heavy rain wreaks havoc in Bengaluru, over 1,000 trees fall in 7 days; BBMP plans spot auction

English | 14 May, 2024 | 10:12 AM
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BENGALURU: With over 1,000 trees in Bengaluru crashing between May 6 and 12 in heavy rain and gusty winds and the civic agency not fully equipped to instantly clear the remains, BBMP is planning to sell the fallen branches at the very site without trucking them off to a forest depot.

The key objective behind this exercise is to prevent tree branches from blocking the road or shrinking carriageways and pavements.

Hence, BBMP forest wing officials have sought permission from chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath to allow them to sell trunks, branches and stumps of the fallen trees through public auction from the spot.

BBMP officials said 39 teams acted swiftly after receiving complaints about tree falls in the first two weeks of May and cut down the trunks and branches of the fallen trees to clear the roads and pavements for traffic and people.

Forest officials usually keep branches and trunks by the roadside for transportation to designated depots or dumping yards. "Transporting sawed-off trunks to dumping yards - we have eight such yards in the city - becomes difficult, especially when over 1,000 trees collapse in a week. Hence, the plan to sell them off from the spot," said BLG Swamy, deputy conservator of forests (DCF) of BBMP.

The trunk-clearance rate is very low, admitted another officer, who said BBMP has been deploying eight tractors.

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