Delhi Assembly panel, NBCC to inspect sites of felled trees

RSTV Bureau
Activists from various environmental organisations display placards during a demonstration to save trees, at Sarojini Nagar area, in New Delhi on Monday, June 25. (Image: PTI)

Activists from various environmental organisations display placards during a demonstration to save trees, at Sarojini Nagar area, in New Delhi on Monday, June 25. (Image: PTI)

A panel of Delhi Assembly is all set to visit the site of redevelopment projects in South Delhi on Friday to inspect current status of felled trees as well as new plantations done by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC).

Sources said that the panel has directed the NBCC officials to be present at the sites on Friday, adding that it will submit its report on the matter in the Delhi Assembly.

“Tomorrow, Assembly Committee of Delhi Assembly will visit the sites of Central Govt redevelopment projects. It will inspect the current status of felled trees & compensatory plantations by NBCC,” AAP MLA Sourabh Bharadwaj said in a tweet on Thursday.

The Centre’s recent decision to cut over 14,000 trees for building over 25,000 flats for government employees in seven colonies of South Delhi has attracted widespread criticism from green activists, politicians and citizens.

The Delhi High Court had on June 25 ordered an interim stay on the tree chopping process in the city till July 4.

Facing flak for the project, Union minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has also assured that the national capital’s green cover would not be damaged and that steps would be taken to enhance it.

As per the ministry’s plan, citizens will be invited to suggest places for transplanting trees. The redevelopment project has also triggered a war of words between the major political parties.

Earlier in the day, the ruling AAP in the city blamed Congress for the project, claiming that it was conceived during the previous Manmohan Singh government at the Centre. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken “betrayed” party chief Rahul Gandhi by maintaining silence over the project, Bharadwaj alleged.

Gandhi earlier in the day hit out at the BJP and the AAP over felling of trees in the national capital for the project.  Taking to Twitter, he said even children know the importance of trees in life and urged people to stand by the Congress against it.

In Delhi, the BJP with AAP’s approval has hacked down thousands of trees in the past 4 years for development. Even children know that trees are critical to our survival and difficult to replace. Stand with the Congress and together let’s fight this madness, he tweeted.

(with agency inputs)