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TREE HUGGERS: Activists tying a ribbon around a tree on the road connecting Father Muller’s Hospital with Jerosa School on Saturday.
TREE HUGGERS: Activists tying a ribbon around a tree on the road connecting Father Muller’s Hospital with Jerosa School on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Hundreds of activists and residents of the city took out a protest march on Saturday evening from the Father Muller’s Hospital to the Jerosa School at Kankanady and tied ribbons around the trees that dotted the road.

They were participating in a unique protest “Vriksha Bandhana” against the proposal to fell the several large trees to widen the road.

Activist and Konkani writer Eric Ozario said that just how Rakhis were tied as a symbol of protection, ribbons were tied around the tree trunks to “symbolically assure the green-tops that they will be protected”.

Mr. Ozario warned of heightened agitations if the Mangalore City Corporation’s private consultant Dharmaraj did not back down from the proposal to cut the trees here. “We have information that after our protests the road-widening plans have been revised. We are against the cutting of even a single tree,” he said.

The protest was led by Citizens’ Forum for Mangalore Development, the CPI(M), DYFI and the Nationalist Congress Party.

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