Knowing me to be a tree lover, members of the local coomunity keep calling asking to know as to what is to be done when they notice trees being felled in their neighborhood, the latest being the above massacre of 4 full-grown trees (very similar to the one that has been spared - seen at the extreme right of the picture) on the 100 ft road in Indiranagar (just North of the pedestrian over-bridge at the end of the fly-over).
Now, if the process is still under way when you come upon it, what you need to do is detailed in the ESG web-site, which may be accessed here. I have myself followed this a couple of times, and succeeded in limiting the damage considerably.
But, if the damage has already occured, like in the above instance, you could perhaps file a query under the RTI Act, on the lines of the one I am going to be filing pertaining to the instant case, as below, and forward a copy to ESG.
Details requested under the Right to Information Act, 2005 from
The Tree Officer, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore 560 001
1) Full name of the Applicant: Muralidhar Rao
2) Address: full postal address
3) Details of the information required: With respect to the 4 fully grown healthy trees, which lined the footpath in front of the Citibank/ Vodafone/ John Players show-rooms on the 100 ft road in Indiranagar (just North of the pedestrian over-bridge at the end of the fly-over), which were felled recently, please furnish the following:
a) Copy of the letter requesting permission for felling the trees,
b) Copy of detailed Inspection Report,
c) Karnataka High Court order dt 02/ 12/ 05 has mandated that the Hasiru Usiru be consulted, whenever possible, before granting permission for felling a tree within Bangalore. Please advise what steps were taken to consult the HU members, and what, if any, was their response.
d) Copy of the Consent letter, issued by you, detailing reasons for granting the consent.
4) Year to which the document pertains: current
5) Details of Application Fee of Rs 10/- (Rupees ten only) remitted: Postal Order enclosed
Signature of the applicant
Ref no: Mu/ Ind/ 01
Date: 18/ 03/ 10
The very fact that it will require the authorities to do some work will perhaps deter them from issuing permissions that easily.