Taking note of HT’s coverage, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday pulled up civic agencies for damaging trees by employing earth-moving machines — usually used for heavy-duty demolition work — to remove concrete from around their trunks.
In the August 8 edition, HT had exposed how an exercise in saving trees had the opposite effect in south Delhi’s RK Puram, with over 30 trees developing a tilt after JCB machines were used to de-concretise their roots and trunks.
When the Delhi Development Authority informed the tribunal that it had de-concretised trees in parks, the panel responded, “You had concretised even parks? Isn’t it shocking you choked trees on cement when your roads are full of potholes? … It’s really amusing.”
The panel was also not happy with the DDA’s admission that it could not complete the job in several areas as it shares jurisdiction with other civic bodies such as the three municipal corporations.
It said that such responses exhibit “non-application of mind and wastage of public money”. “You are behaving like school children. Why can’t you all sit together?” the tribunal asked.
It also took note of the long delays in de-choking the Capital’s green cover.