Use straw for soil re­ten­tion in Ridge, HC tells Delhi govt

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City -

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.

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