Taking cognisance of a Hindustan Times report, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday ordered government agencies to cure the trees they had damaged while removing concrete from around their trunks.
The tribunal ruled that those found causing such damage again will have to pay the fine from their pockets.
HT on Thursday had reported how civic and land-owning were using earth-moving machines – normally used for heavy-duty demolition – for digging. In the process, they damaged trunks and roots, causing trees to tilt.
NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar said, “Those operating machines for de-concretisation shall ensure that no damage is caused to the trees… If there is any further damage… those operating such machines and executive engineers concerned would pay the fine personally.”
The vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will be responsible for coordinating with all other land-owning agencies and ensuring no trees are damaged in future when concrete is removed from around their trunks.
HT’s report “Tree-saving exercise has an opposite effect” had highlighted how JCB scoops had damaged many trees in RK Puram Sector 1 on August 1.
“The idea was to save trees and not cause more damage,” said tree enthusiast RL Mahunta.