The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped authorities for damaging trees while carrying out “unscientific deconcretisation” in the capital despite previous directions from the Tribunal.
“It has been brought to our notice that while carrying out deconcretisation of trees, the roots of the trees are often damaged or are exposed which ultimately results in felling of trees,” the NGT said.
It further said that previous directions had been issued specifying that deconcretisation should be done with “care” and “caution” while following the “prescribed procedure”.
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The NGT said it had directed all public authorities to ensure that if “roots of the trees are exposed, immediate steps should be taken to layer them with soil and ensure that the roots are provided with support”.
The Tribunal also directed that deconcretisation of trees should be carried out under the supervision of at least an officer of the rank of executive engineer, supported by officers from the Horticulture Department.
In case of any damage to roots of the trees, the Tribunal said, the head of the department concerned would be held personally responsible for the same.
The Tribunal also asked authorities to submit the status report by April 7, the next date of hearing.
It was hearing a plea by Aditya Prasad which alleged that deconcretisation was taking place ineffectively in the capital despite orders from the NGT.
The Tribunal had previously appointed Sharan Thakur, an advocate, as local commissioner in the matter and directed him to inspect the colonies — R K Puram, Safdarjung Development Area (SDA), Ashok Vihar and Hauz Khas — on day to-day basis.
It had also set up five different committees, comprising officials from different agencies, to carry out deconcretisation.