Delhi Metro Phase-IV expansion: SC asks DMRC to seek forest clearance to cut trees

Delhi Metro Phase-IV expansion: SC asks DMRC to seek forest clearance to cut trees

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) needs to obtain the forest clearance under the Forest Conservation Act to cut trees for the Phase IV expansion plan, the Supreme Court noted on Monday.

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) needs to obtain the forest clearance under the Forest Conservation Act to cut trees for the Phase IV expansion plan, the Supreme Court noted on Monday.

In order to seek permission for felling of trees, the top court directed DMRC to file an application before the Chief Conservator of Forests under the Delhi government under the said Act, Live Law reported.

The Supreme Court further directed the DMRC and GNCTD to evolve a plan of action to plant tree saplings in the city, which has to be submitted before the Court within 12 weeks. It also directed that the Chief Conservator of Forests to forward the application with their recommendations within one month to the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 

Earlier, a bench comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao, Justice BR Gavai and Justice BV Nagarathna had reserved orders on the DMRC’s application on November 11. The DMRC had argued that forest clearance was not required as the Central Empowered Committee’s report stated that the trees proposed to be felled do not constitute forests, according to the report.

Over 10,000 trees were identified by DMRC for felling for the expansion work of the Janakpuri-RK Ashram, Maujpur-Majlis Park and Aerocity-Tughlaqabad corridors.

first published:Nov. 29, 2021, 12:18 p.m.

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