Amid protests to save 14,000, Delhi will lose another 2,000 trees to development projects

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Amid protests to save 14,000, Delhi will lose another 2,000 trees to development projectsFile Photo

NEW Delhi : City is all set to lose 2,000 more trees to various road widening and development projects across the city, even as residents protest to save 14,000 full-grown ones in seven south Delhi neighbourhoods.

City's Central Delhi's Sundar Nagar, that had a lush canopy of trees that shaded the drive, has already lost a major portion of its green cover.

Officials of Delhi government's forest department said that permissions were granted for felling 82 trees in Sundar Nagar as part of the redevelopment of Pragati Maidan.

The Rs 777-crore plan by the public works department, which includes cut and covered tunnels, foot over-bridges, loops, ramps and landscaping, will eventually require the felling of nearly 1,500 trees, according to officials.

"This does not include the trees that fall inside the India Trade Promotion Organisation complex," a official said.

Trees have been chopped along Mathura Road and Purana Quila Road. Some near outside Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's official residence in Mathura Road too have faced the axe.

(Agencies)

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