In reference Mr Gagan’s spirited post – Drive to save suffering trees - Dr Y N I Anand mailed us a four-word query, ‘do you have any answer?’. I can’t say I have. By which, I don’t mean we can’t figure out who was responsible for mucking up the pavement with tar spill or trimming the roots (Gen.Vombatkere’s point) during roadside diggings.
Representation to the authorities works, at times, depending on the clout of the complainant. This is not to suggest such environmental violations should go unreported by ordinary citizens. Reporting public wrong-doings is everyone’s duty. What else can one do about it?
The pavement littered with debri , along Baden Powell public school, points to the scale of neglect of our environment. People who dig up pavement don’t realize they have a civic obligation to clean up the mess they create. This applies to government departments, private contractors, and even residents.
Whoever planted this sapling on Chamaraja Double Rd has apparently done this with public interest in mind. But a job done with such good intention has been left unfinished.This patch of prime land, at MUDA junction on JLB Rd, functions as a landfill. The land, left unused for long, presumably, because of a dispute, has become a soft spot for use as public landfill. Do we have an answer to such development?This is a tell-tale trash heap left on the pavement close to a college campus; and the garbage of cement, bricks and other construction material has made the soil effectively unfit for vegetation. In refreshing contrast, we find (below)a row of freshly planted saplings along the college wall on the boulevard.
Mr Gagan says the pavement planting has been a students initiative; and the Maharaja College ‘green’ club has also planted trees inside their college campus.