High court ban on trees felling stays till Oct 3
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.