Around 30 trees were cut on the Outer Ring Road close to Marathahalli Bridge in Bengaluru in October last year. It was suspected that it was to increase the visibility of illegal hoardings nearby. The news had made headlines with many nature lovers and environmentalists questioning the cruel commercialised act. Environmentalist Vijay Nishanth had then said that it was yet another case of illegal felling of trees for securing the visibility of advertisement hoardings nearby. The incident was also brought to the notice of the forest officials. Three months after it, the trees are now coming back to life with Nishanth taking regular care of it. Yes, isn’t that the best news to a tree doctor?
The tree conservationist had conducted a liquid bandaging process immediately to see if the tress could be revived following which he began the treatment. Nishanth used a combination of a liquid bandage and fungicide that helped the trees rejuvenate. The upper half of all the trees in a stretch were cut as they were blocking some advertisement boards nearby. The Times of India quoted Nishanth as saying, “We were worried whether they would recover or not. But the trees have responded to the treatment. It is a very good news for all of us that these 30 trees are showing good signs of life and they are slowly growing and leaves are seen.”
Reportedly, Nishanth also said despite efforts to make a formal complaint in the incident, authorities have failed to act. In between issues of pollution, frothing lakes and traffic, cutting down of trees is another issue Bengaluru is facing. The IT hub has lost most of its green area with just remaining 3 percent of parks and open grounds.