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NGT restrains tree felling in GK-II park

The residents of GK-II had demanded a stay on further chopping of trees and punishment for erring agencies.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday asked the tree officer and the Horticulture department to calculate the number of trees felled by the South Municipal Corporation, while restraining any agency from felling more trees, in a local park in Greater Kailash-II.

In an application filed to the NGT previously, the residents of GK-II had demanded a stay on further chopping of trees and punishment for erring agencies.

On Tuesday, the NGT said, “The Tree Officer along with applicant in association with the Horticulture department shall count and state how many trees are there, total number of trees as well as the number trees that fall in the site in question.”

The NGT has instructed the Forest/Horticulture department to plant “an additional 50 trees and bring evidence thereof before the tribunal”. The NGT also asked the “inspection team” to “find out where is the wood of the 10 trees stated to have been cut lying in the area,” while listing the matter for hearing on August 8.

The NGT said, “We hereby restrain the Horticulture department or any person, authority from felling of any trees in that area till further orders of the tribunal”, while giving a time period of two weeks to the agencies to respond.