22,000 trees to face the axe for NH-24 widening project

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2015 11:44 IST
Rapid housing and infrastructure expansion is making the city lose its forest area. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Ghaziabad will soon witness the felling of 22,000 trees because of a proposed project that will widen the National Highway 24 (NH-24).

“Our survey estimates nearly 22,000 trees and plants will have to be felled for the highway widening project from UP Gate to Dasna. This assessment is under Ghaziabad jurisdiction. The trees would be felled on both sides of the highway from the non-protected forest areas,” said Joga Singh, divisional forest officer, Ghaziabad.

“There is also a provision that the highway area will pass through the Chudiyala forest reserve. Felling of some trees has also been proposed here. The total number of trees that will be cut is being assessed,” Singh said.

Ghaziabad at present has a reserved forest area of nearly 1,608.79 acre of land at Ahmed Nagar, Mohammed Ahmed Baghpat, Atrauli Khurd, Chudiyala, Fareed Nagar and Talheta areas falling under Loni and Modi Nagar areas of the district.

The ‘reserved forests’ are constituted under the provisions of the Indian Forest Act or other State Forest Acts, having full degree of protection. In reserved forests, all activities are prohibited unless permitted.

All non-forest activities are strictly prohibited except with the permission from the central government. The land ownership vests with the forest department.

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