Status quo on tree felling extended till July 27

Status quo on tree felling extended till July 27

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has extended till July 27 its order to maintain status quo on tree felling in seven south Delhi colonies by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry and the NBCC Ltd.

During the hearing, the NBCC sought clarification of the July 2 order passed by the NGT, directing that there shall be no cutting or destruction of the trees till further order by this tribunal.

The counsel for the NBCC said the order only related to felling of trees and not on civil construction going on at the project site in Nauroji Nagar here.

The bench, however, refused to pass any order and asked the parties to file their replies, while posting the matter for hearing on July 27.

A bench comprising Justice R S Rathore and Expert Member S S Gabrayal granted more time to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Forests of AAP government, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and others in the case.

The tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions and Promotion of National Awareness, Green Circle and city resident Utkarsh Bansal seeking a stay on the proposed felling of more than 16,000 trees for re-development of the colonies.

The petitioners claimed that environmental clearance has been granted for seven general pool residential colonies without taking into account the possible adverse effect on the ecology