Delhi tree-felling: NGT to hear case on July 27

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New Delhi, July 19: Continuing the hearing in an NGO’s plea that environmental clearance had been granted for felling of trees to re-develop seven residential colonies of Delhi without taking into account possible adverse effect on the ecology, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday, has given more time to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest and several other bodies, like CPWD, traffic police, CPWD, DPCC, NDMC, DJB, SDMC, AIIMS, DDA, to file their replies.

Meanwhile, the NGT has ordered that status quo be maintained on tree-felling. The next date of hearing has been fixed as July 27.

NGT had issued notices to Municipality of Delhi, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, COF, Delhi Police, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Development Authority, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Central Public Works Department and NBCC (India) Limited in the case.

But, none of the respondents in the case except NBCC, CPC, and Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) have replied in the case.

Today, the court has granted one week’s time for other parties to file their replies and fixed the next date of hearing for July 27.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court, in its interim order, had banned felling of trees in the city till further orders. The Court said, “East Kidwai Nagar will be demolished if need be, as it seems to be haphazard and doesn’t consider density and impact on neighbouring hospitals too.”

The petitions have been filed by NGOs Chetna and Green Circle against cutting of 16,500 trees which are likely to get chopped if the construction goes through.

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