Saturday, January 07, 2006

Monstrosity in "GARDEN CITY"!!!

Notice anything unusual in the following pictures??
(Please click on the images for a larger view)

You might not. Since you got an UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW of the hoardings.

If you look at the pictures again you will notice that TREES on the medians and footpaths have been CUT to achieve this beautiful VIEW.

Do they CUT TREES TO MAKE WAY FOR HOARDINGS??!!!

YES!!!

These trees have been axed by the outdoor advertising agencies to make way for their hoardings. We have seen trees being cut for developmental activities such as road widening, but here is an act of cutting trees for ADVERTISING!!!

Is there no bound for their greed for revenue?!!


The following picture illustrates what I mean by "OBSTRUCTING the VIEW of the HOARDINGS".


Now see this

All these images have been captured on "Airport Road" in Bangalore City (the so called GARDEN CITY!!!), within a distance of 1.5 Km from Airport to Indiranagar junction.

I tried complaining to the authorities, but they were as usual playing the game of "passing the buck". Then i

took this matter up with a NGO which in turn approached the right person in the City Corporation. But the NGO activists where not given a proper response.

It clearly shows that this is happening with the knowledge of the authorities, who are hand in glove with the outdoor advertising MAFIA. These trees have all been axed ONLY during night when nobody is around to question them.

The mainstream media will not take up this issue because it is negative publicity for the corporates featured on the hoarding and will result in LOSS OF ADVERTISING REVENUE.

I have realized that the only way to fight this mafia is by AWARENESS, by spreading this message, BY BOYCOTTING THE PRODUCTS ON THE HOARDINGS (if the buying stops the killing stops).

If you must be thinking, "Its just a few trees, so why bother?". NO, we are not speaking about a few trees, but a SCAM which is to be unearthed.

This is not happening only in Bangalore. It is happening everywhere!!! Its time we sit up and took notice.

8 Comments:

At 5:48 AM, Blogger silverine said...

This is horrible! Even fledgling trees on 100 feet Koramangala have been chopped off for the Airtel backlits.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Streak Ahead said...

@silverine
Like i said... this is not an isolated case.. this is happening everywhere... its about time we put an end to this!!!

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger Anil said...

Dude, unless you show how this affects the IT industry or the page 3 celebs this thing is not going to make it to the mainstream media.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Ujwal said...

yeah a matter of concern.
@anil
liked the sarcastic remark!

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger trying2makesense said...

really scary whats happening...I noticed that 1 of the advertisements was for TATA indicom. Thought the TATAs were a company with some ethics. Would it make sense directly communicating whats happened to the management?

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger AKS said...

While your concern is a gerat thing. Awareness is one way to fight. Another possible way is to bring this to the notice of the top management of the companies that buy these hoardings.

Yes ! some of them wouldn't care - others would. In today's competitve world companies do not want to run the risk of rubbing the public opinion the wrong way.

 
At 4:16 AM, Blogger Rahul said...

For the road widening process in Hyderabad, nearly 4000 trees were cut in the city where I can say comfortably say 90% would have not been moved to some new place or garden.
Ironical is no one could do anything about it and more Ironical is the permission was given by the District collector rather than the forest department!!

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger earthrage said...

Really appreciate the effort taken here. It is really not possible to boycott every product on a hoarding. It is best to push for a hoarding free city in the place. :) Delhi lives in that mode.. :)

 

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