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Tree row: Representative suit filed in City Court - Star of Mysore June 25

Three youth from the city have filed a representative suit in the Second Additional Munsiff Court here against felling of trees for widening the Lalitha Mahal Road.

Judge Radhakrishna allowed the petition yesterday.

The petitioners argued that accidents have been taking place on this road only because of traffic density. As such there is no meaning in the Government's argument that trees should be felled for widening the road without conducting scientific survey.

The environment around the nearby Zoo and Karanji Lake will be endangered if trees are felled. It is wrong to fell trees at a time when the entire world is reeling under the effect of global warming, they explained. The Court, after hearing the argument, adjourned the hearing to Thursday.

B.O. Gangadhar of Ramakrishnanangar, M.S. Chaitra of J.P. Nagar and Srivatsa of Kuvempunagar are the petitioners who have made the Dy. Commissioner, Corporation Commissioner, MUDA Commissioner, Forest Department's DCF, CESC Engineer and Regional Transport Officer as the respondents.

Advocates A.G. Thammaiah and A.M. Bhaskar appeared for the petitioners. One of the petitioners B.O. Gangadhar, who is working for an NGO involved in the field of education and environment, opined that the Union Government has granted Rs. 1,800 crore under the JNNURM only because Mysore is considered as a heritage city. As such, the Government should develop the city taking into account its heritage background and the Corporation has failed to realise this, he said adding that they were not opposed to developing the roads without felling trees. comment guidelines

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