🪓 IISc-Bangalore’s tree troubles

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The reputed research organisation is currently getting a lot of unwanted attention from the forest department. The problem: a sudden loss of green cover.

Story so far: A couple of locals had noticed a sudden dearth of green cover from the IISc campus. What they saw were a bunch of trucks transporting trees from the Yeshwanthpur exit gate. Turns out, the institute was allegedly cutting down trees without permission from forest officials.

  • Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bengaluru Urban, SS Ravishankar said that a detailed inquiry has been initiated on the matter.

IISc’s response: According to top officials from the research institute, they were unaware of the whole operation. And instead, the blame should be put on security personnel. The space is needed for a hostel, hospital and medical institute on the campus.

Prior issues: Turns out, this isn’t the first time the institute has been accused of cutting trees without permission. When the boys’ hostel was being built, the IISc was left off with a warning for chopping the trees. Now, the situation might get a little heavier.

(Image credits: Ramrishna Sarkar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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