Developer cutting trees to provide extra car parking space in Sector 137: Locals

Since early July, the developer has been cutting trees one at a time to convert the area into a parking space.

noida Updated: Aug 26, 2018 04:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Noida
The forest department has stopped the felling of trees and has ordered that trees except eucalyptus be marked so that they are not mistakenly axed. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Residents of a gated society in Sector 137 have complained that the developer has been cutting trees within the premises to create extra car parking space.

According to residents, since early July, the developer has been cutting trees one at a time to convert the area into a parking space.

So far, seven trees have been cut and the space has been covered in concrete, residents said.

“The tree cover in our society is gradually decreasing; the developer just doesn’t care about maintaining it. The green belt has also been reducing gradually. We have made several complaints to the police as well as the forest department, but no action has been taken yet,” Sandeep Khullar, a resident of Ajnara Daffodil in Sector 137, said.

Meanwhile, forest officials claimed that they are aware of the situation and will be visiting the area to check on it.

“We have received a complaint from residents, but could not visit the area, as our staff was out of town. We will check the site and if the felling of trees is found, strict action will be taken. A case will also be filed under the Tree Protection Act, 1976,” PK Srivastava, divisional forest officer, said.

According to the Act, any person or organisation that wants to cut trees needs prior approval from the forest department and needs to ensure compensatory afforestation in place of the trees cut.

The society, Ajnara Daffodil, is also in close proximity to the Sector 91 eucalyptus forest, where several groups are protesting the felling of 3,000 trees.

Residents are worried that with the depleting green cover in the entire area, the cutting of trees within their premises will pose health concerns.

“Our children run the risk of getting pollution-related diseases if green cover keeps reducing like this. In today’s age, everyone is sensitised about the pollution level of Delhi-NCR and the need to have more trees around us. In such a case, how is the builder reducing trees and green cover?” Khullar added.

Meanwhile, representatives of the developer said that trees have only been shifted as they were creating obstacles in the open parking area.

“We only needed to shift some plants that had grown when the apartment complex was not inhabited and had started to obstruct people’s parking space. In their place, we have planted five new trees just this month. Besides, we diligently maintain green cover within the premises, and have also been awarded as a green building,” Hariom Kataria, estate manager at Ajnara Daffodil, said.

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 04:25 IST