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The protestors said they were not against the project but were opposing the cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the Metro car shed plot.(HT File)

Resettlement colony at Aarey will test environment groups

UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 12:03 AM IST
The resettlement colony at Aarey will be a test for environment groups that had carried out some of the most sustained public protests in the city against tree felling at Aarey Milk Colony
Citizens hold a protest march at Aarey Milk Colony on Saturday against the decision to cut trees for the Metro-3 project.(HT Photo)
Citizens hold a protest march at Aarey Milk Colony on Saturday against the decision to cut trees for the Metro-3 project.(HT Photo)

Aarey tree cutting row: BMC tree panel split wide open; 2 experts resign

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 03:44 AM IST
The panel had given its nod for felling 2,646 trees – 2,185 to be cut and 461 to be transplanted – in a meeting on Thursday, when of the 18 members, eight voted for the proposal, six voted against it, two abstained and two were absent.
The forest departments of Faridabad and Gurugram will together establish nine new security outposts for the protection of the Aravalli forests by August, department officials have confirmed.
The forest departments of Faridabad and Gurugram will together establish nine new security outposts for the protection of the Aravalli forests by August, department officials have confirmed.

Aravallis to get 9 new checkpoints

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:44 AM IST
This development comes just two days after the departments received a complaint of large-scale tree felling on the protected Aravalli land in Kot and Bandhwari villages, lying in the buffer zone of Mangar Bani, Delhi-NCR’s only remaining sacred grove.
Sunil Harsana, a conservationist from Mangar in Faridabad, said he counted at least 500 tree stumps.
Sunil Harsana, a conservationist from Mangar in Faridabad, said he counted at least 500 tree stumps.

500 mesquite trees felled in Aravallis adjoining Kot, Bandhwari villages, say locals

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:48 PM IST
This is the largest tree felling to be reported in the region since June 9 last year, when at least 400 trees were felled in Mangar.
An estimated 400 sheesham trees—protected under the Forest Act, 1980 —have reportedly been felled in Pataudi in the last four months.(AFP)
An estimated 400 sheesham trees—protected under the Forest Act, 1980 —have reportedly been felled in Pataudi in the last four months.(AFP)

400 protected sheesham trees felled in Pataudi

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2019 12:40 AM IST
The issue of the disappearing trees was flagged to forest department by Anil Gandas, a wildlife rescuer, who has personally counted about 400 stumps in the area. He estimates that the real figure is probably more.
Between January 1 till April 5 this year, 12 tree felling notices were issued by BMC, affecting 3,588 trees or an average of 37 trees per day.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Between January 1 till April 5 this year, 12 tree felling notices were issued by BMC, affecting 3,588 trees or an average of 37 trees per day.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Mumbai civic body gave nod to remove 8,775 trees in 2018 for urban projects

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2019 11:59 PM IST
Although some of these are proposals and have not resulted in trees actually being felled, the published notices add up to an average loss of 24 trees per day in 2018
A pile of garbage (top) and the remains of a felled tree (right) inside Jahanpanah City Forest in south Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
A pile of garbage (top) and the remains of a felled tree (right) inside Jahanpanah City Forest in south Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Tree felling, garbage dumping, threaten Delhi’s Jahanpanah forest

New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2019 08:05 AM IST
In a report prepared after an inspection in January this year, the department said illegal activities such as felling of trees, dumping of garbage, encroachment and open defecation by locals were rampant.
The dimishing green cover in Gurugram has many implications — including increased pollution and lack of protection from heat as well as water scarcity — for the residents.(HT File Photo)
The dimishing green cover in Gurugram has many implications — including increased pollution and lack of protection from heat as well as water scarcity — for the residents.(HT File Photo)

Cutting trees for building roads and buildings is not sustainable

By Kalpana Viswanath
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 03:37 PM IST
City planners should keep the pedestrians, not cars, at the centre of road infrastructure.
Data available with the forest department shows that at least 1.12 lakh trees were felled between 2005 and February 2018 in Delhi — an average of 24 every day.(Picture for representation)
Data available with the forest department shows that at least 1.12 lakh trees were felled between 2005 and February 2018 in Delhi — an average of 24 every day.(Picture for representation)

In Delhi govt’s green push, tree felling for infra projects capped at 20%

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2019 02:19 AM IST
The Delhi government will allow felling of only 20% trees for infrastructure and development projects while the rest 80% will have to be transplanted, finance minister Manish Sisodia announced in his budget speech on Tuesday.
The project involves the widening of four roads — three roads in Udyog Vihar and one in Palam Vihar.(Picture for representation)
The project involves the widening of four roads — three roads in Udyog Vihar and one in Palam Vihar.(Picture for representation)

Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority seeks approval to fell 1,500 trees

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Dhananjay Jha
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2019 04:53 AM IST
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has sought permission from the district forest department to fell about 1,500 trees for its road-widening project in Udyog Vihar and Palam Vihar, which is at an advance stage, officials privy to the matter said.
(HT Photo)
(HT Photo)

MP forest dept take drone route to take on mining mafia, encroachers

Bhopal, Hindustan Times | By Punya Priya Mitra
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2019 07:37 PM IST
In a first, the Madhya Pradesh forest department will deploy drones to take on the mining mafia, illegal loggers and encroachers of forest land
Professor Milind Watve(HT Photo)
Professor Milind Watve(HT Photo)

Pune professor resigns over illegal felling of trees in college

Hindustan Times | By Aayushi Pratap, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 11:58 PM IST
Professor Milind Watve, whose laboratory has been working on biodiversity conservation for over a decade, alleged that around 500 trees in the IISER campus have been illegally chopped in the last two years in the same of development
File photo of the Delhi Golf Club. The club had earlier denied the allegations of illegal cutting of trees on its premises.(HT Photo)
File photo of the Delhi Golf Club. The club had earlier denied the allegations of illegal cutting of trees on its premises.(HT Photo)

Police ask forest department to count and identify trees in Delhi Golf Club

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 12:58 PM IST
Delhi Police’s action came following a complaint of alleged illegal cutting of trees on the premises of Delhi Golf Club.
Naveen Patnaik directed the administration to immediately stop felling of hundreds of luxuriant sal trees in Jhinkargadi forest near Balarampur village in Odapada block.(AP/File Photo)
Naveen Patnaik directed the administration to immediately stop felling of hundreds of luxuriant sal trees in Jhinkargadi forest near Balarampur village in Odapada block.(AP/File Photo)

Day after clash, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik orders halt to tree felling for beer factory

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2018 03:12 PM IST
A day after hundreds of villagers clashed with police, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday ordered immediate halt to cutting of trees in a forest in Dhenkanal district for a beer factory.
Forest department officials alleged that the Ghaziabad Development Authority damaged 98 trees in the name of pruning.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Forest department officials alleged that the Ghaziabad Development Authority damaged 98 trees in the name of pruning.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Trees cut in Ghaziabad, forest department to issue directions

Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad | By Peeyush Khandelwal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2018 06:04 AM IST
Following an incident on Thursday when the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) allegedly damaged trees in the city forest area, the divisional forest department will be writing to all departments in the district to obtain permission before pruning any greenery.
Delhi-NCR, which includes Gurgaon, ranks as one of the most polluted cities in the world. Rapid urbanisation, construction dust, vehicular fumes, burning of toxic wastes have made its air poisonous.(HT File Photo)
Delhi-NCR, which includes Gurgaon, ranks as one of the most polluted cities in the world. Rapid urbanisation, construction dust, vehicular fumes, burning of toxic wastes have made its air poisonous.(HT File Photo)

No urban development project can justify wanton destruction of trees

By Prerna Singh Bindra
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 07:07 PM IST
Over the past five years, about 25,000 trees (the government records 9,000) have been felled in Gurugram.
Amit Bhatt, director of integrated transport, WRI India.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Amit Bhatt, director of integrated transport, WRI India.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Road design fundamentally wrong

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Amit Bhatt
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 12:02 PM IST
Lack of drains alongside roads, massive tree felling to widen roads and unreliable infrastructure are the main reasons for the problem.
Residents and environmental groups, however, claim that besides eucalyptus, other tree species are also being felled, thereby damaging the biodiversity and the habitat of birds and animals.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Residents and environmental groups, however, claim that besides eucalyptus, other tree species are also being felled, thereby damaging the biodiversity and the habitat of birds and animals.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Noida to chop 3,000 trees for city’s largest biodiversity park

Hindustan Times, Noida | By Snehil Sinha
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2018 03:40 AM IST
The Noida authority has plans to clear a eucalyptus forest and plant about 5,000 native trees and around one lakh other shrubs and plants, including 19,625 ornamental ones. The authority has handed over the task to Uttar Pradesh forest corporation.
The forest department registered a complaint with the police on July 16, which later filed an FIR in the case.(Picture for representation)
The forest department registered a complaint with the police on July 16, which later filed an FIR in the case.(Picture for representation)

2,841 illegally cut logs found at Delhi Golf Club, says forest dept

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sweta Goswami
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2018 02:02 AM IST
The report signed by the conservator of forests also suggests the club tried to cover up the tree felling by digging pits to hide the logs and then covering them with soil and dried leaves. The golf club denied the allegations.
A view of the Delhi Golf Club, which was eastablised in 1930.(Delhi Golf Club website)
A view of the Delhi Golf Club, which was eastablised in 1930.(Delhi Golf Club website)

AAP Govt files complaint against Delhi Golf Club after over ‘600 logs found’ on premises

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 02:02 PM IST
Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain said a probe had been ordered after a club member complained about “large-scale felling of trees” inside club premises last week.
Central Delhi’s Sundar Nagar, that had a lush canopy of trees that shaded the drive, has already lost a major portion of its green cover.(HT/File Photo)
Central Delhi’s Sundar Nagar, that had a lush canopy of trees that shaded the drive, has already lost a major portion of its green cover.(HT/File Photo)

Amid protests to save 14,000, Delhi will lose another 2,000 trees to development projects

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2018 11:03 AM IST
The Rs 777-crore plan by the public works department in central Delhi’s Sundar Nagar, which includes cut and covered tunnels, foot over-bridges, loops, ramps and landscaping, will alone require the felling of nearly 1,500 trees.
People hug a tree as they protest against the cutting of trees at Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, June 24, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
People hug a tree as they protest against the cutting of trees at Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, June 24, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

In 5 years, Delhi didn’t reject any proposal to cut trees for projects

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2018 07:31 AM IST
The cutting of trees has become controversial following a furore over the plan to fell around 16,500 trees in South Delhi for an ambitious project redeveloping several neighbourhoods dedicated to government housing.
The few trees seen in East Kidwai Nagar were withered with mounds of construction waste at their foot.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
The few trees seen in East Kidwai Nagar were withered with mounds of construction waste at their foot.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

At Delhi’s East Kidwai Nagar, ‘ornamental’ trees replace years-old ecosystem

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sweta Goswami
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 06:57 PM IST
The housing project at East Kidwai Nagar will offer 4,608 units for central government employees against the 2,444 houses that previously existed here. It will also include office and commercial spaces.
Activists from various environmental organisations display placards and hold a tree during a protest against cutting of trees in Nauroji Nagar area, in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Activists from various environmental organisations display placards and hold a tree during a protest against cutting of trees in Nauroji Nagar area, in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

AAP indulging in cheap political gimmick over felling of trees, says BJP

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2018 10:06 PM IST
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari says the project authorities have ensured that almost three trees will be planted for every one tree cut and most of these new planted trees will grow up in two years by the time the project completes.
The move to plant more saplings is vital as Gurugram has lost significant tree cover in last two years due to the construction of underpasses, flyovers and underpasses at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk, and Hero Honda Chowk.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
The move to plant more saplings is vital as Gurugram has lost significant tree cover in last two years due to the construction of underpasses, flyovers and underpasses at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk, and Hero Honda Chowk.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

Gurugram paid with 14,500 trees for new underpasses, flyovers; forest department to increase sapling plantation

Gurugram, Hindustan Times | By Rashpal Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 08:35 AM IST
The forest department, this pre-monsoon, has increased its sapling plantation target by 10 times the 2017-18 target. The department is aiming to plant over 3 lakh saplings this year.
Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist, academic, writer, and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, a research forum under the aegis of the Indian Institute of Science.(HT PHOTO)
Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist, academic, writer, and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, a research forum under the aegis of the Indian Institute of Science.(HT PHOTO)

Madhav Gadgil on why tree census must be a government exercise and not a private one

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 02:59 PM IST
Madhav Gadgil explains the ongoing tree census 2016-2018 and the threats to Pune’s green cover.
Footage captured on a resident’s phone shows debris being dumped into the national park.(HT Photo)
Footage captured on a resident’s phone shows debris being dumped into the national park.(HT Photo)

Mumbai national park warns construction sites against dumping debris

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 12:31 AM IST
Anwar Ahmed, director and chief conservator of forest of the national park, said he visited the site where the debris was being dumped on Sunday.
On Saturday, residents spotted three people hacking more than 30 trees within the forest area.(HT Photo)
On Saturday, residents spotted three people hacking more than 30 trees within the forest area.(HT Photo)
A peacock, with its legs caught in a metal trap, was spotted by residents and environmentalists near the Tata Raisina Residency in the Aravallis on December 8.(HT Photo)
A peacock, with its legs caught in a metal trap, was spotted by residents and environmentalists near the Tata Raisina Residency in the Aravallis on December 8.(HT Photo)

Gurgaon: Forest dept launches 24-hour toll-free helpline, task force starts functioning

hindustan times | By Leena Dhankhar, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 10:54 PM IST
The task force is meant to protect wild animals from poachers. The team will curtail poaching and illegal tree felling in the eco-sensitive areas of the Aravallis.
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