While people in Delhi are finding it harder to breathe each day, they are uprooting around 17,000 trees in South Delhi to make houses for Central government employees.
The chopping of trees has already started in Nauroji Nagar with around 1,500 trees. The areas next in the cut-list include Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Mohammadpur, Kasturba Nagar and Sriniwaspuri.
Although, NBC Corporation India Limited says that they would plant trees over 10 times of what they would cut. However, activists believe it’s not even close to the solution. “We don’t see compensatory plantation to be a successful solution for cutting old trees. Given Delhi’s pollution levels, it is necessary that old trees are not uprooted.”
The pollution level in Delhi is at an all time high. The air quality is extremely toxic. And yet they have the audacity to mess up with environment.
Environment lawyer Aditya Prasad believes what they are doing has suicidal consequences. “There is no place to grow for compensatory plantations in Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar. Given the spiking pollution levels, the move would be suicidal,” he told FirstPost.
Delhiites have also launched a Facebook camapign ‘Delhi Trees SOS‘ to protect Delhi trees.
“We are consulting experts to file a legal petition. We don’t want to rush and be fully prepared before we go before the court. It is more important that people of the city should come forward and they should know that what is being taken away from them and their children. Through our campaign, we are asking people to write letters/email/tweets to forest ministry, ministry of urban development and other concerned authorities,” Juhi Saklani, a member of the campaign told National Herald.
The government might listen if you all start a conversation about this. Share this with as many people as you can, sign the petition, and voice your thoughts. Save Delhi Trees.