Delhi cannot afford to lose more trees Image: FACEBOOK
The capital of India is choking and the government is not doing much about it. Ironically, instead of saving the leftover greenery in Delhi, the central government has released stating that nearly 17,000 trees are to be cut in Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Mohammadpur, Sriniwaspuri, Kasturba Nagar and Thyagaraj Nagar, as part of the redevelopment project.
Luckily, the decision to cut trees has been put on hold until July 4 by the high court. According to an NDTV report, the court questioned the government-run National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), which is overseeing the project. "Has the tree-cutting been approved by the green tribunal? We could understand if it was a road-widening work, which is inevitable. You want to cut thousands of trees for housing. Can Delhi afford this?" it asked.
To protest this ridiculous decision, the residents of south Delhi held a march and started the 'Delhi Trees SOS' campaign to create awareness about the impact it will have on the air quality of the city.
The plan to cut a significant number of trees in a city like Delhi, where air quality is already poor, sparked outrage among citizens. Residents of Delhi were out on the streets with placards to stage Delhi's own Chipko movement and stop NBCC from destroying the environment.
Take a look at what Delhiites have to say about this issue on social media: