Consider as representation plea versus cutting trees for city phase

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday asked the Central Empowered Committee CEC ), established by the Supreme Court to look into environment issues, to consider as representation a plea looking for to change from overground to underground the nature of phase IV of city expansion to prevent cutting of over 11,000 trees.Justice Prathiba M Singh declined to amuse the petition saying the matter was in the domain of the Supreme Court and CEC and therefore, the petitioners– a doctor and a legal representative– need to very first method the committee.With the direction the court dealt with the plea by Dr P C Prasad and advocate Aditya N Prasad who had competed that felling over 11,000 trees for the task would have an unfavorable result on the ambient air quality of the nationwide capital where contamination is at “crucial” levels.The court declined to hear the matter after the lawyer for Delhi City Rail Corporation (DMRC) said it had actually submitted an application in the pinnacle court concerning the objections towards its growth and the top court on February 2 had actually directed the CEC to check out it and file a report within four weeks.The DMRC legal representative said that the CEC has repaired a meeting on Thursday at 3.00 pm and the petitioners can join the same.In view of the submission made by DMRC, the court said it will not entertain the petition at this phase and directed CEC to consider the representation of the petitioners.The court offered liberty to the petitioners to take suitable legal remedies in future.In their petition, submitted through advocates Ritwick Dutta, Rahul Choudhary and Kanika Sood, the petitioners had looked for directions to the authorities, consisting of DMRC, to alter the nature of the job from overground to underground to “preserve and enhance the air quality” and “to make sure that least variety of trees are cut in a city like Delhi where the air is currently over saturated with contaminants”. The petition had declared that the phase-IV expansion of the metro which involves 3 corridors– Delhi Aero city to Tughlakabad, RK Ashram to Janakpuri West and Maujpur to Mukundpur– was being constructed on “considered forest land” for which no forest clearance has actually been obtained.The plea had likewise claimed that cutting trees in such big numbers “will cause permanent damage and damage to the environment as well as health of the homeowners of New Delhi”. It had competed that according to a forest report of 2019 the forest cover of Delhi was only 13.18 per cent of the total area as compared to the necessary nationwide average of 33 percent.”This court needs to use the Precautionary Principle to make sure that the least ecologically hazardous choice is worked out in the present circumstance.”The cutting of 11,000 trees in a city which is seriously polluted to facilitate the construction of the overground metro, which can likewise be done underground does not comply with the Precautionary Principle and plainly breaches Short article 21 of the Constitution of India,” the petition had actually said.

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