Not even one tree will be cut in Lu­tyens’ re­vamp: Puri

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

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.

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