DO NOT DENY US OUR RIGHT TO BREATHE
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As the NHAI gets ready to mercilessly axe 3000 trees to make way for an elevated road project,it does not augur well for our beloved city of Ludhiana.This after having axed about 12,000 trees in the recent past for various developmental projects.This industrial hub has essential green cover of only 1.9 percent against the mandated 33 percent.If NHAI has its way the last bastion of air too will crumble in this already heavily polluted city.It will leave its citizens gasping for breath.The last few days of densely smogged air has already provided us with a teaser of things to come.
The project,costing Rs 770 crores,has been opposed by experts since inception.They have argued that there is no need for an elevated corridor as heavy construction activity in the heart of the city will further deteriorate air quality.Furthermore close to 10 lake trees have been chopped from 2011 to 2016.Punjab Forest Department has accepted,in a written statement,that it even used Rs 83 lakhs meant for compensatory afforestation under CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority) to pay its lawyer fees.Which means they diverted and misused funds meant for planting trees to justify tree felling.
It is a fervent,impassioned and desperate appeal to the NGT to stop the plunder and pillage of our city in the name of development.
Please do not deny us the right to breathe.
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