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NGT to hear tomorrow plea seeking stay on felling of 16,500 trees in Delhi

11,000 trees will be cut in Sarojini Nagar, 1,465 will be cut in Nauroji Nagar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Green Tribunal is likely to hear an NGO's plea tomorrow seeking a stay on the proposed felling of more than 16,000 trees for re-development of seven by the Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).

The petitioner - Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions & Promotion of Awareness - recently filed plea in the claiming that environmental clearance has been granted for seven general pool residential colonies without taking into account possible adverse effect on the ecology.

It said the clearance has been granted for colonies in Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, through the NBCC and in Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Srinivaspuri and Mohammadpur through the CPWD,.

The plea claimed that planting of saplings at another location as compensatory afforestation would not reduce the burden put on the environment due to large-scale felling of trees.

The petition, which is likely to come up for hearing before a bench of Acting Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim, has made the and Urban Affairs, the Central Pollution Control Board, the Delhi Development Authority, the Control Committee, the CPWD and others as parties in the case.

Anil Sood, president of the NGO, said that the Centre has given clearance to the projects without considering several factors such as existing population density and the impact of cutting 16,500 trees on the ambient air quality in the area.

The plea said an environment impact assessment report for the project around south Delhi shows that 11,000 trees will be cut in Sarojini Nagar, 1,465 will be cut in Nauroji Nagar, 3,033 will be chpped off from Netaji Nagar and another 520 will be felled from Kasturba Nagar out of a total of 19,976 trees in these areas.

The re-development scheme plans to replace existing units of Type I to IV with a built-up area of around 749,000 square metres with Type II to VI units with built-up area of around 2.91 million sqm with supporting infrastructure facilities.

The projects will also develop government office accommodation of nearly 242,000 sqm in Netaji Nagar. The total estimated project cost of Rs 328 billion includes maintenance and operation costs for 30 years and will be completed in five years in a phased manner.

First Published: Sun, July 01 2018. 21:45 IST