In September last year, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the National Buildings and Construction Construction (NBCC) Limited to complete compensatory plantation before they start felling trees for the redevelopment of Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar areas.
The controversial project, under which at least 14,000 trees will be cut to make way for housing for central government employees, was first challenged in the NGT in 2016 by former union minister Raghunath Jha. Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri, however, had claimed that the number of trees being cut was a little over 14,000.
Last year, the NGT ordered that the body will have to “plant tall trees at the venue site in question at the first instance”. If space falls short,plantation will have to be done at the alternate side provided by the Delhi Development Authority — which is on the Yamuna Floodplains in this case. The NGT also ordered that trees will have to be planted “as a condition precedent to the cutting of the trees”. This means compensatory plantation will have to take place before the trees are cut.
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