On occasions, trees are felled to facilitate road widening or if there in the way of infrastructure projects. Very often, trees are cut illegally and without permission.
So when can trees be cut?
If a tree is part of a private property and belongs to a select species, it can be felled, according to the Karnataka Preservation of Trees (Amendment) Act, 1987.
For trees on public or private property, it is necessary to obtain written permission from the concerned Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Tree Officer, Bangalore Urban Division. (Ph: 23344686, 23343464).
In addition, two tree saplings must be planted before cutting the tree, even if the tree is inside a private property. As per a Supreme court order, this is a prerequisite to granting the permission.
What to do when you see trees being cut?
If you suspect a tree being felled without permission or unnecessarily, contact BBMP’s, helplines 22221188 / 22975595 / 22210031-35.
If it’s a forest area, call the forest department’s mobile squad’s 24 hour number at 2334-4672.
To report tree falling, you can also reach BESCOM – IVRS – 12660 / 22267118 / 22267119 / 22267180 (24 Hour customer complaint cell)
For more details on reporting tree felling, refer Environment Support Group’s (ESG). ⊕