Petition to Urge NGT for Immediate Deconcretisation of Trees in Delhi

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tree-felled-at-gol-dak-khanaStop the killing: A tree concretised up to its trunk chokes to death at Gok Dak Khana, Delhi.

The concretisation of trees in Delhi is rampant amidst the ad hoc urbanisation taking place in the city. The concretisation is proving to be an imminent threat to the survivability of the heritage trees in Delhi and is leading to their choking and consequent death. This is despite the fact that existing policies and laws do not allow such concretisation and choking of the trees to take place (Download High Court Order calling for more action for ensuring deconcretisation). However, as is true for many other cases, the sighting of large number of concretised trees in Delhi indicates that the law is not being implemented.

save-treesFortunately, on 18.10.2010, the Government of India set up the National Green Tribunal (NGT) under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010. The setting up of the NGT has been the most significant milestone as it is set out to play a critical role for the effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation in India.

The NGT has now been moved (Legal Petition No. 82/2013, Click to Download) to ensure the implementation of the laws and policies leading to preventing the concretisation of the trees in Delhi and immediate deconcretisation of concretised trees which are presently being choked to death. These trees have provided us shade, given us clean air, have been home to the large number and diversity of Delhi birds that some of us love to click, given us rain, augmented our ground water resource and what not. It is time now that we standby these trees and urge the NGT to pass a strong order to the different agencies who are responsible for immediate deconcretisation and preventing any further concretisation of the trees in Delhi.

The next hearing of this case in the NGT is on the 23rd of April, 2013. We need to let the NGT know that there are enough people supporting the cause of saving the trees in Delhi and need your help. We are collecting 1,000 at least 3000 signatures and request you to kindly sign the petition below for protecting all the trees in Delhi. The Petition will be emailed to the NGT on the day of the hearing.

Urge NGT for Immediate Deconcretisation of Trees in Delhi

Dear Hon'ble Judges of the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal,

Delhi is known to be one of the greenest capital cities in the world. However of late, ad hoc "developmental" activities have led to large-scale decline in the number and diversity of trees in the city. A key challenge faced by almost all the trees in Delhi is the immediate threat of concretisation: cementing of the area around trees right upto the tree trunk. The concretisation of trees can lead to grave results and even cause death/uprooting of the trees.

As you would be already aware, the different rules and court orders from time to time have prescribed that some area (usually 6X6 feet) should be left empty and without concrete around the tree trunks. However, this is not being followed in majority of the cases throughout Delhi. We therefore urge you to issue a strong order ensuring the prevention of concretisation around trees and immediate deconcretisation of the trees choking which are presently being choked to death.

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