Cut Trees last, Acquire land first!
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India is on the cusp of Technological & Industrial revolution for which we need broader highways which leads to the cutting of innumerable trees on either sides of the road. As soon as a highway broadening project is announced and money is sanctioned, the first to be cut are trees as they will never file a petition or get a stay. Many times it has so happened that the project has got scrapped causing huge loss to the ecosystem as trees were cut first !
The process of building a Highway requires to acquire land from stakeholders all through the route which takes huge amount of time as many of them file stay orders for the same delaying the project to claim higher compensation or religious reasons.
I am pained just like you to see that Trees are cut first. Why cant the Govt of India bring a law to cut trees last i.e after the entire space has been acquired with all necessary clearances. This will give a huge boost to the ecosystem of the region and in the meanwhile trees can be planted on the newly laid out route.
In the classic case of Hubli-Dharwad BRTS which was initiated way back in 2011,thousands of trees between the twin cities were slaughtered in a fortnight. The stretch of 22km had trees which were more than 100 years old and used to give shade to all the commuters & also kept the climate of this area cool.It has been 6 years since the work started and the deadline is another 1 year. The climate in Hubli has drastically changed after the trees were cut. The temperatures have risen and we have already seen 4 droughts in the past as many years due to reduced rainfall. Only if trees were cut last,we would have not faced so many problems.
Please sign this petition to seek a law for cutting trees last so that we can save mother nature.
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