The Delhi government is planning to conduct a city-wide tree census, with the aim of protecting Delhi’s green cover. Officials said such censuses in the past have been conducted in a piecemeal fashion, but an endeavor of this sort would require active participation from resident welfare associations (RWAs).
An official of the Environment department said, “The Public Grievances Commission had recently recommended us to carry out a tree census in the city… The plan is still on the anvil… However, such a massive count cannot be done by the government alone. Involvement of RWAs and civic agencies will be crucial in this endeavour,” an official said, adding that the government’s role in the project will be of a supervisory nature.
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Apart from being an official count of trees the survey will also include the status and condition of every single tree surveyed in terms of location, health, girth, height, surrounding soil depth, said an official.