Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: After having successfully transplanted nine trees from the Mahatma Gandhi Road boulevard to Manekshaw Parade Grounds, the Bangalore Environment Trust is now moving six trees near Maharani’s College on Palace Road.

Captain S. Prabhala, chairman of Bangalore Environment Trust, told The Hindu that the six trees would be transplanted on the premises of a nearby government office. The transplantation process would begin on Saturday and end on Sunday.

Capt. Prabhala said the beginning of the transplantation process coincided with the four-day training programme on “tree transplantation” for forest officials, horticultural officers and engineers. The training programme, organised by the trust and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), was inaugurated on Tuesday.

G. Govardhan, administrator of the trust, said doubts were expressed over the effectiveness of the process when it first took up the task in May 2007. The nine trees transplanted on the Manekshaw Parade Ground were coping well with the changed location. Capt. Prabhala said the trust was in favour of including the tree transplantation process in road expansion projects. “Roadside trees can be replanted after widening roads to retain the original look of the area. Residents of the area need to be included in retaining green cover,” he said. The trust was in the process of working out the per tree cost of transplantation.

Environmentalist Yellappa Reddy explained the importance of tree transplantation. Inaugurating the training programme, BBMP Commissioner S. Subramanya said the BBMP would provide corner sites and parks for transplanting trees. He said the BBMP would remove roadside trees and replant them on the same roads after widening them.

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