March 10th, 2017
30 Tespesia Papulenia (Behandi) trees along the Outer Ring Road have either been poisoned or chopped off to make way for a hoarding of an Apple iPhone.
An advertising company reportedly poisoned 17 trees and chopped off parts of 13 other trees to make the iPhone hoarding visible.
There was also the concern that the hoarding was illegally built. Thimmappa, BBMP’s Assistant Conservator of Forests, Mahadevapura zone, told The News Minute, “This is an illegal hoarding and an unauthorised advertising company named Nile Enterprises Pvt Ltd located in Frazer Town has put up the hoarding. The ad agency and the owners of the Archbishop House had made an agreement for putting up the hoarding.”
Thimmappa said, “Of the poisoned trees, just three can be saved. The remaining 13 no longer have a canopy. This was done for one hoarding. During the investigation, we found that the branches of 10 other trees have been cut off for another hoarding on Kalamandir Road. We are figuring out who the advertiser is and will issue a notice to them as well.”
The hoarding taken down
When activists confirmed that the hoarding was illegal, they rushed to the authorities and sought permission to take it down. It was told to The Logical Indian that this was done with all required permissions.
The hoarding was taken down on 10 March. This was done by the “Tree Doctor”, Vijay Nishanth, who has been tirelessly working to save the dying trees. He has documented around 8000 trees through a GPS technology and searched for decaying trees under his flagship project Vruksha.com. This environment conservationist and animal activist believe that “a tree can be treated as humans are”.
The activists will now coordinate with civic authorities and the police to bring down similar illegal hoardings around the city.
Vijay told The Logical Indian, “Whenever I map any harmed tree I clean the wounds caused on tissues of roots damaged due to poisoning, create an artificial layer with orange oil to stop the spread of infection, and within a month the tree recovers healthy.”
According to Vijay, authorities must conduct tree census and map green cover. This step will help them and activists to rescue the dying trees.
The Logical Indian take
The Logical Indian community admires the efforts of Vijay Nishanth to “Rescue” and “Heal” the trees. We need more people like him to conserve the environment. Today, when most of us don’t even know that a tree can be poisoned and mangled to a slow death, Vijay is working hard to make people aware on how to save the trees. Next time you come across a dying tree, do contact Vijay Nishanth.