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PWD says trees being cut to build ‘world class city’

Facing strong opposition from various agencies, especially organisations working in the field of environment, for cutting down trees for developmental projects, the Public Works Department has claimed that these projects are important for making Delhi a world-class city and that it will help protecting environment in different ways after completion of the work.

The PWD officials also claimed that they plant 10 per cent surplus saplings against the number of trees it unearths during various projects in the capital.

A senior Delhi government officer said that the ambitious project of Vikaspuri-Wazirbad signal free corridor will on an average save 23 days from the travelling time of a single commuters in a period of one year. The project is supposed to be completed by 2016.

After completion of the 23.6 kilometre stretch will not only help commuters in saving time, but also fuel, the project manager-cum-engineer-in-chief (PWD)  Sarvagya Srivastava said.
‘This signal-free corridor will save around 58,000 litres per day of fuel which costs around Rs 280 crore,’ said a senior official. Pointing at the obstacles created by various organisations on the pretext of damaging environment, the officer said, ‘The government will have to bear a loss of Rs 17.7 lakh per day in case of delay in the construction.’

The Delhi cabinet had given its nod to the construction of the a network of  four flyovers and elevated roads to make the drive  signal free between Vikaspuri and Wazirabad in 2012. As part of the plan, the PWD will construct three flyovers at Bhalswa Chowk, Burari Chowk, Mukundpur Chowk and two loops at Mukundpur Chowk, said official.
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