To conserve trees in the capital and ensure that their number does not dwindle, the Delhi government has ordered a tree census to compile a database of trees under various categories such as variety, age, heath and location.
To ensure that this database is compiled soon, the government has asked the civic agencies and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to conduct the census. A meeting was held in this regard last week.
“The census is aimed at encouraging awareness on the need for tree conservation and to increase green cover. This cannot be done without help from people… Details like their age and health will help us in making people acquainted with trees in their areas…,” said a senior government official.
“The civic agencies and the DDA have been asked to mark every tree falling under their jurisdiction. It will also help the government in ensuring that sufficient number of trees would be planted if one is felled. The census will also take into consideration illness or problem around trees and suggest remedial measures,” said the official.
He added that only the New Delhi Municipal Council has done a tree census so far. “The civic bodies have also been asked to ensure that no tree trunk is concretised. If a tree is weak, then support will be given to keep it strong,” said the official.
According to the Economic Survey of Delhi, 2014-2015, the city had a tree cover of 297.81 sq km in 2013 or 20.08 per cent of the total area of the capital.