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NGO moves green tribunal to prevent axing of 20,000 trees

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 29

After an NGO came out strongly against the axing of over 20,000 trees for widening of a road here, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken up the issue for hearing on September 1.

Opposing the axing of trees for widening of National Highway No. 54 (Bathinda-Dabwali road), the Society for Ecological and Environment Resources (SEER) in Faridkot approached the NGT, suggesting a way under which roads could be widened only on its one side so that over 10,000 trees could be saved.

After the SEER raised the issue in October 2019, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had asked the Principal Secretary (Forests), Punjab, to consider the NGO’s suggestion.

“As the state government is not taking a serious note of our concern, we were forced to approach the NGT,” said Karamjit Singh, president, SEER.

“Usually, when the government starts widening of roads, thousands of fully grown trees are axed. This can be avoided if the government widens the roads only on its one side so that trees on the other side can be saved. In the urban areas of the country, we are already seeing a rise in air pollution,” said Sandeep Arora, a senior functionary of the SEER.

The efforts to save trees started after the process to acquire land for the four-laning of the Bathinda-Dabwali Road, NH-54, started on June 28, 2019.

from The Tribune

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