‘2,000 trees felled for implementation of BRTS project’

The Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS Environment Action Committee will organise a protest to highlight the damage being caused to the environment while implementing the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) project here.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, convener of the committee and chairperson of the Rashtrotthana Sankalp Trust Santosh Naragund, co-conveners Sham Kamath and Aravind Meti said that nearly 2,000 trees along the Hubli-Dharwad Road had been felled and the authorities were planning to fell another 2,000 trees for the BRTS project.

Mr. Santosh Naragund said that till date that Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Company, Directorate of the Urban Land Transport, Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited, Forest Department and the district administration had failed to publish any plans on planting plants to compensate for the loss caused by felling of 2,000 trees. “What is more disturbing is that although it is in the guidelines, no land has been identified in the cross-section plan of the project for planting 4,000 plants along the widened road as per the environmental clearance given by the Ministry of Environment and Forests”, he said.

Mr. Naragund said that to pressure authorities concerned to plant 4,000 saplings, the committee members would stage a ‘satyagraha’ on World Environment Day on June 5 in front of the office of Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Company at Rayapur between Hubli and Dharwad.

  • Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS Environment Action Committee to organise agitation on June 5

  • It will be held in front of the office of

    Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Company at Rayapur