Mandya: In the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the City on Sunday March 12, to inaugurate newly constructed Bengaluru – Mysuru Expressway, the Forest Officials have cut branches of trees on both sides of National Highway, which has attracted criticism from nature lovers of Mandya.
At 12 noon on Sunday, the Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the ten-lane expressway at Gejjalagere and after that he would hold a roadshow from Tourist Bungalow to Kempe Gowda Park in Maddur. The Forest Officials cut the branches of the trees on both sides of the road citing the Prime Minister’s security. The people came to know that the tree was felled, they were agitated.
Only half of the trees on the roadside have been cut down. Five or six branches have been cut on one tree. Since hundreds of years, these trees enhanced the beauty of the Highway, providing shade to the travelers too. Now only parts of the trees remain and the beauty of road has deteriorated. It would not have caused any problem if the branches bent over the road and need not have been cut as part of the Prime Minister’s visit. But cutting down half of the trees has caused great pain, said Environment Lover Manjunath and questioned what problem these trees which were giving life to the people, caused.
“The RFO has taken action as per the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner. I don’t have much information about the same,” said Rudran, Mandya Deputy Conservator of Forests.