After Protests, Over 1 Million Trees to be Planted in Delhi

A dirty locality in Delhi. The city has become a stinking hell because of bureacratic and political corruption. Photo: Rakesh Raman / RMN News Service
A dirty locality in Delhi. The city has become a stinking hell because of bureaucratic and political corruption. Photo: Rakesh Raman / RMN News Service

According to a government statement released Thursday, the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) will rework the design and plans for the remaining redevelopment of the 7 General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) colonies to avoid felling / cutting of trees.

The decision has come after widespread protests in Delhi to save the trees in the city. It is said that the BJP Government at the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government in Delhi are allowing the cutting of a large number of trees, numbering nearly 16500, for the construction of government flats in the Sarojini Nagar-Nauroji Nagar area of Delhi.

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The government statement added that NBCC has already floated an Expression of Interest for the acquisition of tree relocation / transplantation equipment and for engaging services of trained professional entities in this respect. Citizens groups will be invited to suggest where transplanted trees will be planted.

A meeting in this regard was chaired by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), in Delhi on Thursday. The meeting discussed various issues relating to re-development of seven GPRA colonies in the particular context of felling of trees.

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The following persons were present in the meeting:

Anil Baijal, LG of Delhi

Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA

Manoj Kumar, Additional Secretary, MoHUA

Uday Pratap Singh, Vice Chairman, DDA

Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC

Abhai Sinha, DG, CPWD

Prabhakar Singh, Spl DG, CPWD

In pursuance of the presentation made in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on 9 January 2018, a decision was taken to plant more than one million trees in different parts of Delhi as follows:

NBCC 25,000

CPWD 50,000

DDA 10,00,000

DMRC 20,000

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The government statement clarified that these will not be saplings but trees of 8-12 feet height. The planting of trees will be completed in the next three months during the monsoon season and the trees will comprise fruit-bearing, flowering, and other green trees.

Environmental and related clearances are given on the recommendations of the Forest Department of the State Government and specific recommendation of the Minister concerned in the Government of NCT of Delhi (Imran Hussain, Minister of Environment and Forest had recommended these cases to the LG).

Meanwhile, the LG of Delhi has been advised to set up a Group of experts / concerned citizens to interact on environmental issues and for specific further actions to be taken in respect of these colonies.

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