Over 200 acres near Hindon river on GT Road have lost 6,000 trees in the last 3 years.
And continued dumping and burning of garbage and disposal of sewage water into the lush dense forest area continues unabated.
What is worse is that due to no legal action against the officials concerned, another approximate 30,000 trees
from the same area are endangered now.
The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) had developed the area as a city forest from year 2002 to 2005 and had spent around Rs 4 crore on it.
The startling information of this devastation was revealed through a municipal file noting, copies of which were made available to the media by Rajendra Tyagi, a municipal councillor and an RTI activist.
Tyagi said as many as 150 trucks of garbage are dumped into the green belt every day. This coupled with burning of garbage has led to loss of thousands of trees.
“The garbage dumping area is increasing daily. Large patches of green-cover have already vanished and the remaining is filled with sewage water up to 4 feet deep,” Tyagi said.
Over two lakh trees of different varieties, including Mango, Guava, Amaltaas, Neem, Jamun, Peepal, Banyan, etc., were planted between 2002 and 2005.
The gross neglect by the authorities tantamount to clear violations of Supreme Court order, which prohibit setting up of any waste-disposal site within a radius of eight-kilometres from an airport/air base to avoid bird-hit accidents.
The dumping of garbage attracts a large number of scavenger birds, which pose a potential threat to low-flying aircrafts operating out of the Hindon Air Base, barely 5-6 kms from the site.
Municipal Commissioner Ajay Shanker Pandey said he would be able to comment only after going through the municipal file.
The municipal corporation’s Horticulture Department in-charge AK Singh said, “We are trying to stop garbage dumping and other illegal activities in the area to save the trees.”