Expressing concern over a proposal to uproot more than 4,000 trees in the protected area of the Taj Mahal under the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ),the Supreme Court on Friday said it would require an independent confirmation that all these trees needed to be cut for a freight corridor project being laid down by the Central government.
There are 4,314 trees that you (government) say will have to be cut. We dont know whether more than 4,000 trees will actually require to be uprooted or not. We are not sure, the court said. The court expressed its concern when the Centre moved an application,seeking permission to allow them to fell the trees are on the 76-km stretch in the TTZ.
Additional Solicitor General H P Raval and advocate S W Qadri sought permission to cut the trees since the freight corridor was in greater public interest. The court,however,expressed its reluctance,saying they wanted to be certain that these many trees actually required to be cut. The court also asked one of the amicus curiae in the case and advocate Ajay K Aggarwal to go through the application and file their replies by September 7.