Decision maker : Central Empowered committee (CEC)
Delhi's natural treasures are under threat as five development projects have received a green signal by Delhi’s Ridge Management Board (RMB), endangering nearly 100 trees in the process. If the project is approved by the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court, these trees will be felled or transplanted.
The five development projects received approval of the Ridge Management Board by clearing approximately 16.34 hectares of land. The development projects include the following, as reported by the Times of India-
A new Laboratory Complex by Inter-University Accelerator Centre, near JNU
An Admin block of IGNOU in Maidangarhi
A Central Armed Police Forces Institute of Medical Sciences in Maidangarhi
An office building by Asian Development Bank
A 10.5 km approach road from Chattarpur to SAARC University
Why it matters
These projects will pass through the Southern and Morphological Ridge and the entire area is part of the eco-sensitive zone of the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, the Times of India has reported. If the projects, currently approved by the RMB, get CEC’s approval, then 93 trees would be hit!
These green spaces act as the lungs of our city. In an era of escalating pollution levels and the looming threat of climate change, trees serve as a buffer against the adverse impacts of our daily activities.
Rapid urbanization, concretization and construction activities have swallowed a large part of Delhi’s green cover. Chopping more trees could invite trouble, not just for our health, but for global warming in general.
Delhi grapples with very poor AQI for most of the winter season. Trees act as natural air purifiers, helping to filter the air we breathe
Areas rich in green cover help reduce the overall temperature and offer respite from the scorching heat
Preserving existing trees is often more cost-effective than replanting or trying to restore mature ecosystems.
Trees contribute to the resilience of urban areas by providing shade, reducing energy consumption, and helping mitigate the effects of extreme weather events.
We appeal to the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court to intervene and halt the plan of axing of these trees, in the name of development. We believe that development initiatives must co-exist with ecological preservation.
How your signature can help-
Preserving 100 trees is not just about protecting the environment; it's also about safeguarding the well-being of the local community and addressing the global challenge of climate change.
It is important to note that these projects are still awaiting approval from the CEC and the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, for the use of ridge areas.
Your signature on this cause is a commitment to preserve our natural heritage! Sign the petition to save these 100 trees from facing the wrath of the chainsaw. Remember, every tree saved is a life saved.