The National Green Tribunal on Monday ordered status quo on tree felling in south Delhi colonies and directed that no trees would be cut till 19 July by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
A bench headed by Acting NGT Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim also issued notices to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Central Pollution Control Board, CPWD, NDMC and others, asking them to file their responses before 19 July. The panel has also asked the project proponent to inform it about the exact number of trees proposed to be cut, reported News18.
The green panel also directed the project proponents to make a categorical statement and inform it about the exact number of trees which are proposed to be cut for the redevelopment project.
The tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO — Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions & Promotion of National Awareness — seeking a stay on the proposed felling of more than 16,000 trees for re-development of the colonies.
The petitioner claimed that environmental clearance has been granted for seven general pool residential colonies without taking into account possible adverse effect on the ecology.
It said the clearance has been granted for colonies in Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Nauroji Nagar through the NBCC and in Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Sri...