Delhi government strict towards tree transplantation policy
New Delhi, May 13 (H.S.). A high-level joint review meeting was held at Delhi Secretariat on Friday with all the concerned departments and empanelment agencies regarding the tree transplantation policy. In this meeting, officers of all concerned departments like Forest Department, MCD, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, CPWD, NCRTC, PGCIL, PWD, Jal Board etc. were present.
During the important press conference held at Delhi Secretariat after the meeting, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that earlier in Delhi, cuttings of plants were done for development work and new plants were planted in its place. Later we saw that the new saplings that are planted took a long time to grow, so the government made a tree transplant policy so that the plants that can be transplanted can be transplanted.
A joint review meeting was held today with the concerned departments and empanel agencies regarding the agencies which had taken permission from the department for tree transplantation in the last year. These include major departments like NCRTC, NBCC, DMRC, RLDA, PGCIL, NHAI, Jal Board, CPWD, PWD, MCD.
He said that on the basis of the reports received during this meeting, it has been seen that different departments and agencies have different survival rates regarding tree transplantation. In which the average survival rate of trees has been found to be 50 to 55 percent.
Also, due to non-satisfactory results of many agencies and departments, the audit of tree transplantation done by the departments will now be done by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, whichever department will not submit the report related to tree transplantation to the forest department, of that department, Any file related to this will not be allowed.
Also, whichever empanelment agencies will not do the work related to tree-transplantation optimally, that agency will be blacklisted. Forest Research Institute Dehradun will also audit the tree transplantation done by the departments which have been given approval related to tree transplantation so far.
Green cover development committee constituted
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, while replying to the letter from the DDA, said that the DDA, stating the paucity of land, proposed that instead of planting 10 trees for one felled tree, only two trees should be planted. Regarding this proposal, first of all, the Forest Department has been instructed to issue an order to the DDA to file a detailed report in respect of the land. So that the department can get the complete details of the land available with the DDA.
The Environment Minister said that keeping in view the future land shortage in Delhi, it has been decided to form a nine-member Green Cover Development Committee to increase the green cover. This committee will work to increase the green space based on the availability of land. Under this committee, two representatives from PWD and one each from CPWD, DDA, Forest Department, MCD, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi Urban Art Commission, IARI (Pusa) will be included.
Further, the Environment Minister said that the goal of our government is to increase the green area in Delhi as much as possible so that the people of Delhi can get rid of the problem of pollution.