Delhi’s inexperienced cowl might need to take a beating, this time to facilitate a freeway challenge. The Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has submitted a proposal to clear 14.08 hectares of “forest” land in East and Northeast Delhi to make approach for a six-lane street.
The proposal is for the Delhi-Saharanpur freeway from the Akshardham NH-9 junction to the Delhi-UP border. The 14.75-km-long challenge falls beneath the Union authorities’s Bharatmala Pariyojana street improvement scheme.
Part-1 of the challenge, in Delhi, will start close to Akshardham temple and finish close to the Delhi-UP border, whereas Part 2 will begin from the border and finish at Khekra village, the challenge observe learn. The whole size of the street might be 32.2 km.
A complete of 1.85 hectares of “deemed forest” land is proposed to be diverted within the East district, whereas the remaining 12.23 hectares is within the Northeast district.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Central Division, Aditya Madanpotra, stated round 5,104 timber might need to be minimize for the challenge. This consists of 2,038 timber on the left aspect of the street, 2,436 on the appropriate aspect, and 630 timber alongside the median. The whole quantity continues to be being reviewed however is more likely to stay near the determine acknowledged, he added.
In line with the tree enumeration doc uploaded by NHAI, the two,038 timber on the left aspect of the challenge embody banyan, neem, peepal, champa, pilkhan, sheesham, jamun and kikar.
The preliminary proposal for the forest clearance was submitted in Might this yr. In line with the timeline for the challenge uploaded on the Ministry of Setting, Forest and Local weather Change’s portal, the Deputy Conservator of Forests (Central) had raised queries in August and September on the preliminary proposal submitted and is now awaiting a response from NHAI.
Madanpotra stated that there have been points with the world in Shastri Park that was initially earmarked for compensatory afforestation. An inspection had proven that Delhi Improvement Authority (DDA) had already undertaken tree plantation in some sections of that land. “Now, the consumer company [NHAI] has utilized for a contemporary piece of land. The land that they’ve been supplied now by the DDA is a single patch,” he stated.
“When the NHAI first utilized for clearance in Might, the proposal was incomplete. The whole proposal was obtained solely in August,” Madanpotra added.