Save 16500+ full grown Trees - South Delhi's Degradation in the name of Redevelopment

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The residents of South Delhi are set to pay the price for the redevelopment projects around seven neighbourhoods, which include Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar. The forest department has given the permission to chop off at least 16,500 full grown trees to make way for redeveloping of Central government accommodations in the area.

The environment impact assessment report for the projects around South Delhi shows that 11,000 out of 13,128 trees will be cut in Sarojini Nagar, 1,465 out of 1,513 will be cut in Nauroji Nagar, 3,033 out of the total 3,906 trees will be chopped off from Netaji Nagar and another 520 will be felled from Kasturba Nagar, which has a cover of as many trees. The figures for RK Puram are yet to be released.

In smaller neighbourhoods such as Thyagaraja Nagar and Mohammadpur 108 and 447 trees will be cut for the project, according to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) clearance. Experts and residents have raised alarm against such mass felling of these residential pockets, which are known to be the green belt of the city.

Green Dream Foundation believes that chopping of full grown trees will leave a void in the city, which cannot be replaced by planting saplings at distant locations.

'If I am living in a particular area and the trees there are cut, how will planting saplings in another part help? These saplings will take years to provide the benefit that full-grown trees were giving', a resident activist said.

Additionally, Delhi's AQI (Air Quality Index) continues to be in hazardous range continuously throughout the year. No one should think of cutting even a single tree in such a situation.

Sign this petition and help us raise the voice. We are sure government will rethink their decision if people and communities speak up. Today it's South Delhi, tomorrow it could be your area/city/locality.

Additionally, it is recommended to tweet and tag the following handles/pages asking for their immediate attention to this petition.

a) Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Twitter: @MoHUA_India

b) NBCC (India) Ltd.
Twitter: @OfficialNBCC

c) Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change
Twitter: @moefcc

Tell them that it is your right to have good air quality and there is no substitute for already grown trees.

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