December 8, 2022

In what may solely be seen because the theatre of the absurd, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is in a temper to have a good time the Vanamahotsava in December. The civic physique is all set to plant bushes this winter.

The initiative, nonetheless, goes to value a bomb to the company, which is gearing as much as plant 60,000 saplings in Bengaluru.

Because the planting drive is being deliberate in the course of the non-monsoon season, the BBMP seems to be completely satisfied to spend further funds on watering the brand new saplings. What’s extra? The civic physique can be appointing guards too to guard the saplings. Sure, you learn that proper. Safety guards.

In the meantime, the BBMP’s promise of planting 60,000 saplings evoked sharp reactions from environment-conscious Bengalureans who needed the company to postpone the planting exercise until the start of the monsoon showers. They questioned whether or not the BBMP officers had utilized their minds on the survivability of the vegetation in query in any respect.

Rs 1,000 per plant

Now, right here is probably the most curious a part of the story: Going by the invoice of portions talked about within the tender paperwork, it seems to be just like the BBMP has intentionally jacked up the prices. Whereas the forest division spends Rs 250 to 500 in the direction of planting every sapling, the BBMP has estimated that the identical work would value Rs 1,000 per plant. The civic physique has arrived at this worth by together with elements reminiscent of 75 cubic metre pit measurement, 50 litres of water per plant, one guard for each 600 vegetation, tree guards made from bamboo, chemical fertiliser and so forth.

Retired forest officer UV Singh stated the BBMP may have executed away with watering prices if the planting was taken up in the course of the monsoon. “Winter season isn’t a time to undertake planting. Whereas planting might be executed in January and February, it does contain further prices of watering the vegetation. Ideally, the wet season is the very best time to plant saplings,” he stated.



He was additionally of the view {that a} 50 cubic metre pit is sufficient for planting small saplings.

As per the tender which closes on November 15, the BBMP is to plant 60,000 saplings in all of the eight zones of the company. The initiative is anticipated to value Rs 6 crore.

Sankar Reddy Babu, particular commissioner (estates), justified the plan. “Consultants from GKVK have informed us that Bengaluru is appropriate for enterprise tree-planting year-round in contrast to different cities. We are going to make sure the survival price of the 60,000-odd vegetation is a minimum of 95%. The company which wins the contract is anticipated to take care of the plantation for 2 years. It’s a aggressive bidding and the associated fee could also be manner beneath our estimates,” Babu stated.

If saplings are planted in monsoon, the plant will develop by itself. That’s why the vanamahotsava is widely known in the course of the monsoon. BBMP’s transfer ecologically unwise; corrupt pondering

– Leo Saldanha, ESG

Atmosphere Assist Group coordinator Leo Saldanha stated the civic physique can’t take up tree planting simply because one officer desires it. “If saplings are planted in the course of the onset of monsoon season, the plant will develop by itself. That’s the explanation vanamahotsava – the forest competition – is widely known initially of the monsoon. The BBMP’s transfer isn’t solely ecologically unwise however corrupt pondering,” he stated.

If the BBMP had concerned the general public within the portray exercise, Saldanha stated, there wouldn’t be a must have guards defending the saplings.

BBMP particular commissioner (finance) Thulasi Maddineni stated she would look into the problem.

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