High court ban on trees felling stays till Oct 3

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­dia.net

The Delhi High Court on Thurs­day main­tained sta­tus quo on cut­ting of trees for rede­vel­op­ment projects in South Delhi. Hear­ing the mat­ter on Thurs­day, the court stayed re­strain on cut­ting tree till Oc­to­ber 3, the date for which the mat­ter is listed next. The case was last heard on Au­gust 16 when the court again put on hold the felling.

The con­tro­ver­sial project by the Na­tional Build­ings Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (In­dia) Lim­ited NBCC un­der which Nau­roji Na­gar, Saro­jini Na­gar, and other ar­eas will be re­de­vel­oped, re­quires cut­ting of whop­ping 14000 trees. Res­i­dents, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists, and op­po­si­tion par­ties have been up in arms against the build­ing cor­po­ra­tion for “wreak­ing havoc” with the en­vi­ron­ment. The pe­ti­tioner KK Mishra has sought court’s in­ter­ven­tion to ban NBCC from felling the trees to build gov­ern­ment res­i­dences and seven new colonies.

Ear­lier on, Union min­is­ter Hardeep Singh Puri too in­vited flak when he de­fended the project, say­ing plans are in place for re­for­esta­tion. Throw­ing his weight be­hind the NBCC projects, he had ar­gued that the new colonies will lead to in­creased green cover in the cap­i­tal by three times. En­vi­ron­ment ac­tivists, how­ever, crit­i­cised his state­ment, say­ing the min­is­ter could not com­pare saplings with full-grown trees, some of which are decades old.

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