About 17k trees to be felled in South Delhi for redevelopment of central govt accommodations
Around 11,000 trees would be cut just in Sarojni Nagar, the official said.
An official of the National Building Construction Corporation India Limited, a central public sector undertaking, said they planned to plant over 10 times of what had to be cut in the process.
Activists have protested against the felling of the trees.
"We have never seen compensatory plantation to be a successful solution for cutting old trees. Given Delhi's pollution levels it is necessary that old trees are not uprooted," said Padmavati Dwivedi, an activist.
Environment lawyer Aditya Prasad said the move would be "suicidal".
Ten saplings have to be substituted for every tree cut, as per guidelines by the Forest Department. PTI UZM AAR
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