Not even one tree will be cut in Lutyens’ revamp: Puri
New Delhi: Union urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said not a single tree will be felled and green cover will be multiplied ten times in the Centre’s Central Vista redevelopment plan, which will include renovation of Parliament, construction of a new central secretariat and revamping of Rajpath. The Union minister said this at the launch of the mobile app, “mHariyali,” to encourage public engagement in planting trees and other such green drives.
“Green cover will be multiplied 10 times. Not a single tree will be cut. That has been my policy from the day go. There is no question of taking a 100-yearold tree and cutting it,” Puri said when asked if the ministry’s plans for the central vista affect the green cover in the area.
“The use of some buildings might change — South Block can be used as a historical museum, we might decide to use the Parliament as just a chamber for the Lok Saba and build another one. These are all ideas that will be taken on board,” Puri said assuring that no heritage buildings will come to any harm.