Use straw for soil retention in Ridge, HC tells Delhi govt
New Delhi: Delhi high court on Thursday asked the AAP government to procure straw from the neighbouring states for spreading it under the newly-planted saplings in the Central Ridge to ensure retention of soil and water there as well as reduce crop burning.
Justice Najmi Waziri said such a move would ensure a reduction in the burning of straw, which is one of the major contributors to air pollution and would help to generate good top soil in the central ridge, which in many parts has rocky soil that is not good for planting saplings.
The direction to procure and spread the straw beneath the newly-planted saplings came during hearing of a contempt case in which a private company was ordered to plant 1.4 lakh saplings worth Rs 80 lakh in the Ridge for breaching judicial orders not to manufacture and sell diabetes medication under the brand names used by pharma major Merck Sharp and Dohme.
The court issued various other directions for ensuring water supply for watering the saplings, tagging them and to display their varieties and numbers. It also issued directions to Delhi government with regard to augmenting the strength of the forest department.