Sunder Nagar residents protest felling of trees on Mathura Road

The protesters said that some of the trees were over 80 years old.

The protesters said that some of the trees were over 80 years old.  

March Gazette notification says AAP govt gave approval

Residents of Sunder Nagar and nearby areas in central Delhi took out a rally on Friday to protest the felling of trees on Mathura Road.

Standing on a lane parallel to the road, Priyank Gupta, a local, said: “One day, all of sudden, I was shocked to find sunlight here. This place was completely shaded by those trees.”

Instead of a thick canopy, chopped trunks now line a mostly bald road. Residents claimed that some of the trees were over 80 years old.

The felling is said to have begun about two weeks ago.

“They [the authorities] did it in the middle of the night and we could not do anything. They barricaded the area and would not let us take pictures,” said H. S. Bindra, president of a local traders’ association.

The trees are said to have been chopped to make way for an underpass.

“They say they are going to make this road ‘signal free’. But who cares when there is no clean air to breathe? Look at the legacy you are leaving for the next generation,” said Nikhil Khanna, a resident of the area.

Local Congress councillor Yasmin Kidwai said: “Someone needs to be held accountable. No one in the area was consulted before they undertook this project.”

Pointing fingers at the State and Central governments, Ms. Kidwai said: “The project is being undertaken by the Public Works Department and the Ministry of Urban Affairs. They are answerable.”

Transport corridor plan

A Gazette notification dated March 7, 2018, reads that the Delhi government sanctioned the felling of 1,437 trees and transplant of 98 saplings to make way for the ‘Integrated Transport Corridor Development Plan’.

The notification stated that 15.5 hectares of land is to be cleared for the project. It also stated that compensatory plantation of 15,350 trees needs to be undertaken for which 13.5 hectares of land at the Yamuna floodplains has already been allotted by the Delhi Development Authority.

It also stated that a security deposit of ₹8,74,95,00 is to be given to the State Forest Department for the creation and maintenance of the compensatory plantation for a period of seven years.

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