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October 18, 2020 2:56:21 am
Only a few metres on the slim path that begins reverse the cemetery in Dwarka’s Sector 24, outlines of dry timber, their crisp leaves hanging lifelessly, start to seem on the precise. A yr in the past, these timber had been rising alongside what’s now the under-construction Dwarka Expressway, which can join Mahipalpur in Delhi to Kherki Daula toll plaza in Gurgaon.
The delayed challenge, which goals to ease the strain on the Gurgaon expressway, will finally see over 10,000 timber being transplanted. The primary three,800 had been transplanted beneath the primary section in numerous areas in Dwarka.
Tree transplantation will not be new to the town — the primary such challenge was undertaken in 1972 when timber from Zakir Hussain Marg and Ring Highway had been transplanted outdoors Pragati Maidan. Since then, a number of individuals and authorities departments have tried to transplant as a substitute of reducing timber, however the Dwarka Expressway is the primary challenge the place the train has been undertaken at this scale.
And with the Delhi authorities passing the Tree Transplantation coverage earlier this month, it won’t be the final. As per the coverage, constructing businesses should transplant 80% of the timber they take away.
Environmentalists have expressed apprehensions concerning the coverage, pointing to the survival fee and well being of transplanted timber. However the Delhi authorities maintains transplantation will probably be thought-about solely after exploring the chance to maintain the tree the place it’s. “The coverage has a provision that the company carrying on transplantation ought to keep the timber, and if they can’t keep a minimum of 80% of the timber, the cost of the company will probably be stopped,” stated Delhi Atmosphere Minister Gopal Rai.
The tract of land in Dwarka is testimony to how troublesome the method is. Whereas youthful crops have managed to carry on, many of the older ones are dry and useless. Every transplanted tree has a quantity assigned to it and painted on it to maintain monitor – the dry ones all have a serial quantity. Transplanted timber embrace silver oaks, sheesham, neem, ficus and alstonia.
Beneath Package deal 1, Omender Singh Sirohi, deputy challenge supervisor, Nationwide Highways Authority of India, stated four,425 out of 9,135 timber should be transplanted. Beneath bundle 2, this quantity is 5,717 out of 9,417 timber.
Of those, a big quantity had been planted at Sector 24; officers stated the precise quantity was not instantly obtainable. The positioning belongs to DDA, however for the primary three months, the company employed to transplant the timber is chargeable for its repairs. Now, NHAI is the company accountable.
“To this point, three,800 timber have been transplanted. It’s a very massive quantity and I agree that a lot of them haven’t survived. A number of issues should be deliberate when you’re speaking about so many timber being transplanted, crucial being the timing. The monsoon and the post-monsoon seasons, earlier than it will get too chilly or too scorching, are very best. The timber couldn’t be watered for a number of months due to Covid as we didn’t get permission to ship tankers to the realm. That was a setback,” he stated.
Outdoors the plantation space, the guard stated a number of individuals had began to steal useless timber for firewood and one passage into the realm needed to be closed off.
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