No trees would be cut in the process of redevelopment of seven colonies in South Delhi, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday, as he also assured that the national capital's green cover would not be "damaged" and steps would be taken to enhance it.
The housing and urban affairs minister said the agencies -- the NBCC and the CPWD -- entrusted to executing the redevelopment project have been asked to rework and redesign the plans to avoid cutting of trees.
However, some trees may be transplanted at some other location and the NBCC has floated an Expression of Interest for the acquisition of tree re-location/transplantation equipment and for engaging services of trained professional entities in this respect, an official release said.
"I have always maintained that the green cover in Delhi will not be damaged & steps will be taken to enhance it even further. As stated earlier, no trees will henceforth be cut in the process of redevelopment of Delhi colonies," Mr Puri said in a tweet.
His comment came after he held a meeting on the proposed cutting of trees with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, DDA vice chairman Udai Pratap Singh, NBCC Chairman Anoop Kumar Mittal, CPWD Director General Abhai Sinha and Housing and Urban Affairs secretary DS Mishra, among others.
"I chaired a meeting of all stakeholders where NBCC/CPWD have been asked to rework and redesign the p...