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Trees cut or pruned under occupation of NIEPA, a separate entity, clarifies NCERT

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The and Training today said the trees, allegedly illegally pruned and cut at its campus here, were under the "occupation" of and Administration which is a separate entity.

The clarification by the NCERT comes a day after it was reported that around 33 trees were heavily pruned and five cut at its campus on Aurobindo Road without permission from the forest department.

"NCERT has nothing to do with the pruning or cutting of trees in NIEPA area," the NCERT said in a statement.

"The trees that were cut or pruned were under the occupation of and Administration (NIEPA) which is a separate entity," it added.

Acting on a complaint from an NGO, a team of forest rangers visited the campus on Wednesday and submitted its report stating five trees were cut and 33 were heavily pruned, a said.

A decision on further action would be taken soon, the said.

Cutting and even pruning of trees require permission from authorities under the Preservation of Trees Act.

There has been a movement against tree cutting by various NGOs and citizens in Delhi, which started after it was reported that over 16,000 trees would be chopped off for a redevelopment project in South

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:40 IST