National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), the Central PSU engaged in real estate development, has directed all its contractors not to cut trees in any of its redevelopment projects in South Delhi, in line with the undertaking it has given to the Delhi High Court.
NBCC had on June 25 agreed in the High Court not to cut trees till July 4. It made the statement after a vacation bench of the court, comprising Justices Vinod Goel and Rekha Palli, said that it would impose an interim stay on tree felling.
But yesterday, a plea was filed by environmentalist Vimlendu Jha in the High Court seeking contempt action against the NBCC, for allegedly violating the undertaking and cutting trees in Netaji Nagar.
NBCC clarified that it has instructed all contractors redeveloping three colonies – Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar and Nauroji Nagar – not to cut any trees.
The government had announced that it would be cutting over 14,000 trees for building over 25,000 flats for government employees in seven colonies of south Delhi.
NBCC is redeveloping Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, while the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is managing the rest four colonies in Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Srinivaspuri and Mohammadpur.
A major protest broke out against the decision, with locals and activists launching their own “Chipko Movement”, a forest conservation movement where people embraced trees to prevent them from being cut in Uttarakhand (then Uttar Pradesh) in the 1970s.