The students of Kamla Nehru College (KNC) along with residents of Siri Fort Institutional area, neighbouring Anand Lok and Gulmohar Park on Monday staged a silent protest against the government’s plan to widen the Siri Fort road and the adjacent August Kranti Marg ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The students also tied ribbons on trees as a mark of protest.
“We think this ‘Munnabhai’ approach will have an effect on the government,” said Mishika Singh, a KNC student.
“The government wants to cut trees and widen the roads by making the pedestrian walkways narrow.
“Pedestrians are already suffering and they want to take away the right to walk safely on the road from them,” said Krishan Sharma, RWA secretary, Asiad Village Society.
“Siri Fort road has five schools and two colleges. We need well-maintained walkways here,” he said.
“The authorities call the Commonwealth Games the ‘green games’. What is so green about these games if you are going to cut down trees and damage the ecology?” said Arpana Caur, a resident of Siri Fort.