Delhiites Protest Government Decision To Cut Thousands Of Trees For Redevelopment

| June 23 , 2018 , 18:48 IST

Residents of South Delhi are protesting the decision to cut down thousands of trees for Redevelopment Project. A protest was called on Saturday to make people aware of the issue and to ask the government to avoid cutting trees.

The Central Government has approved the cutting of 14,031 trees in the name of re-development of seven colonies situated in South Delhi. The trees will be chopped from areas including Sarojini Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Nerosi Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Tyag Raj Nagar and Mohammed Pur.

Greater Kailash MLA and Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj has called a protest against the redevelopment project on Sunday at 5 pm near Sarojini Nagar Police Station.

A Petition was also filed at the Delhi High Court to stop cutting of the trees. The petition pleaded that the saplings would be a poor substitute for fully grown trees that would be felled for the housing projects.

The High Court on Friday refused to stay the cutting of trees sanctioned by the centre. The High Court issued a notice to the concerned authorities and sought their stand on the plea challenging the environment clearance.

The bench said it was not inclined to grant an order at the moment and wanted to hear the NBCC (National Buildings Construction Corporation)before coming to any decision. The next hearing will be on Monday.