The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday permitted the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to cut 138 trees and translocate 84 trees for construction of the Namma metro rail [Dattatraya T Devare v. State of Karnataka]..A division bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Suraj Govindaraj granted permission on the condition that the BMRCL follows the recommendations of the Tree Expert Committee.The Tree Committee had recommended that 27 trees which were identified as unnecessary to be cut or moved, must be retained and also given its suggestion on which of the trees should be translocated..Advocate Pradeep Nayak, appearing for the petitioner Dattatraya Devare, submitted that the Tree Expert Committee was supposed to make an assessment of the adverse effects of cutting of these trees, and submit its report regarding the fresh plantation of number of trees, which has not been made. Moreover, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted by them is of the year 2019, Nayak pointed out. .Senior Advocate Udaya Holla who represented the BMRCL, said that it takes 2 years to prepare the environmental impact assessment report due to cutting of trees, which is why the previous report was submitted. However, they would take up a fresh environmental assessment. Due to litigation pending in the Court, the metro rail project has been delayed and the cost has been exorbitant, he submitted. .Noting the requirement and urgency of completion of metro project which is in progress, the Court permitted the feeling of trees, while directing the BMRCL to file a status report regarding the fresh plantation being done by them and the progress regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment due to the felling of trees.On December 23, 2021 the Court had permitted BMRCL to fell 577 trees for metro construction.