The felling of 63,800 trees is totally unnecessary for the Defence Expo

The felling of 63,800 trees is totally unnecessary for the Defence Expo

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The Uttar Pradesh state government is preparing to fell 63,799 trees in Lucknow along the Gomti river for the Defence Expo, to be held in February next year. In a letter, the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has asked the Lucknow Nagar Nigam to cut trees from Hanuman Setu to the Nishatganj bridge as several events for the Defence Expo, in which guests from several countries will be invited to witness the country’s defence power, will be held there.

The LDA wants the area to be completely cleared by January 15, 2020, so that the cleared land can then be handed over to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which is hosting the event.The LDA has said that new trees will be planted after the Defence Expo is over and that efforts could also be made to relocate the trees that would be removed. The LDA also sought Rs 59 lakhs from the Nagar Nigam for the plantation of new trees along the Gomti River.

The core purpose of Development and Environment going hand in hand is completely shattered by this move. Lucknow is already one of the most polluted cities and forest officials mentioned that most of the trees will die in that process during this time of the year. Only in the next 50 years will the newly planted trees grow to their full potential (that is, if they are even planted)  Till the time we don't raise our voice and stop this environmental violation, 63,800 trees will be cut for a 2-3 day event. Lucknow is a beautiful city and one of the oldest in our country, we the citizens of this country need to protect it with all our voices and efforts. Join me in catching hold of the stakeholders and the ones in power who can make Lucknow a cleaner and better city!

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