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Govt told to reply to plea on felling trees

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday sought the Delhi government’s response on a plea against proposed felling of trees by the PWD as part of ‘landscaping work’ associated with construction of an elevated corridor from Vikaspuri to Madhuban Chowk here.

A vacation bench headed by justice V R Kirgaonkar also issued notice to the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Forest Department and sought their responses by the next date of hearing on 12 July.

The bench further directed the forest department to nominate an appropriate authority ‘to conduct proper survey for the purpose of environment impact assessment (EIA) in the context of possible damage to the environment which may be caused on account of removal of the trees for the alleged “landscaping” of the road as proposed’.

The tribunal's order came on the plea by residents of the area who have challenged the PWD's project saying there is no need to fell the trees, numbering around 3,000, as these are standing on road sides and not on the central verge where the elevated corridor is coming up.

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