Killing Trees

City Environment

Most of the trees that are selected for transplantation by the authorities do not survive 

Bengaluru, Nov. 22, 2018

By Riya Sethi

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) along with the help of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) had transplanted over 1,000 trees, but most of them failed to revive.

The trees were cut for construction projects and all of them were surveyed for transplantation, but even the ones that were found fit for transplanting did not survive.

Aakash Khurana, a resident of JP Nagar, said that the BBMP officials have recently cut down around 70 trees in the area and were told by them they were planning to transplant them.

Cholarajappa, the Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest, said, “All the trees that are given the permission to be cut are first surveyed to find out if they are fit for transplantation or not. If they are, the concerned authorities are then ordered to take up the work of transplanting. Special care is been given to such trees and is watered regularly.”

He also said that there are times when the trees fail to revive and they put in all their efforts to save the tree. He also added that the transplantation process is new and was just started four-five years ago.

A.N. Yelappa Reddy, an environmentalist, said, “The revival rate of the transplanted trees depends entirely on the management. You have to take care of the trees and if proper care is not given, the tree will die. Transplanting is just like a major operation and it should be done with utmost care and attention. Adequate precautions are to be taken at every step if we want to save the tree. The demand of each tree is different from the other and the procedure should be carried out patiently. Transplanted trees need time to revive and in 80 percent of the cases, the trees should survive.”