SC panel inspects Metro Phase 4 sites to see if trees can be saved

The Supreme Court-constituted Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on 3rd March 2021, Wednesday, conducted the first round of inspections of the Delhi Metro Phase 4 construction, after a petition was filed before the Delhi high court to save over 11,000 trees that are proposed to be felled to make way for the new corridors.

In a petition before the Delhi high court, it was submitted that for the construction of three of DMRC corridors, viz Janakpuri-RK Ashram, Maujpur-Majlis Park and Aerocity-Tughlakabad, the Metro had sought permission to cut 11,454 trees. The petitioners had also sought a change in alignment of Metro Phase 4, from above ground to underground.

The members of CEC, chief project manager of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), representatives from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the petitioner of the case, urban ecologist Vallari Sheel, visited the under-construction site on the Janakpuri-RK Ashram corridor on 3rd March, Wednesday, to ascertain whether trees, which have been marked by the DMRC for felling, can be saved.

“The team inspected stretches, including the Najafgarh drain, Mangolpuri, and section of the Outer Ring Road between Derawal Nagar near Mukarba Chowk and Pul Bangash. The inspection ended at RK Ashram, the other end of the proposed Metro corridor,” an official present during the inspection on Wednesday said, on condition of anonymity.

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