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Delhi High Court Stays Cutting Of Trees In Delhi

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| June 25 , 2018 , 14:25 IST

The Delhi High court on Monday decided to put on hold the controversial project in Delhi that requires cutting of more than 14,000 trees. The redevelopment project will come in South Delhi and would need cutting down of thousands of trees, most of them in the Sarojini Nagar area and its environs. The project has come under heavy fire and strong criticism from opposition parties and residents.

Putting a hold on the cutting of trees, the High Court questioned the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) if the tree-cutting had been approved by the green tribunal.

"You want to cut thousands of trees for housing. Can Delhi afford this?" the judge questioned.

The petitioner, KK Mishra had asked the court to stop cutting thousands of trees to built government officers houses and the redevelopment of seven colonies in south Delhi.

“I hope the court will put a stay on the order," the petitioner had told media persons.

Also Read: Delhiites Protest Government Decision To Cut Thousands Of Trees For Redevelopment

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri was quoted by ANI saying, "Till the time I am a minister no tree will be cut and for every tree that is cut we will plant 10 trees. Green cover will go up by three times after re-development of seven colonies in South Delhi. Young activists are too fast to blame."

Puri has faced severe criticism on social media when he said that all the cut trees will be replaced by saplings. Over 3,000 trees have reportedly been cut in Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar areas for this redevelopment project. Delhi's first World Trade Centre will be built at Nauroji Nagar project.