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Four laning of Dehra Dun - Delhi Highway

CFGD raises concern over felling of 34,000 green trees

Dr Nitin Pandey

08-Sept-2010

A Citizens For Green Doon delegation met National Highway Authority of India Project Director, Mr. MK Jain, in connection with the four laning of Dehra Dun New Delhi Highway, to enquire into the environmental issues of the project. The project had received its final clearance last year and work on it has started this month. It may be recalled that though the project was sanctioned by the Central Government in 2002 but because of environmental concerns it got delayed for 7 yrs. Major concerns include the felling of trees in Rajaji National Park, 23,032 trees between Dehra Dun & Haridwar and 11,000 more trees between Haridwar and Muzafarnagar and disruption to wild life as the road crossed known Elephant Corridors.

CFGD delegate meets Project Director of NHAI
CFGD delegate meets Project Director of NHAI

According to Dr Nitin Pandey of CFGD while there is a necessity of widening the existing road, the biggest problem is that funds given for afforestation by the NHAI into CAMPA fund may not be utilized only for planting trees by the Forest Department and given that reports suggest survival rate of only 10 % of plantations done by the Forest Department, the environment of Uttarakhand is bound to suffer by the felling of 34,000 trees. He said that CFGD will soon meet the Forest authorities to discuss the issue further.

Mr MK Jain told the delegation members that while the official figure of tree felling is 23,032, the actual number is likely to be much lesser. He also said that the project also involves building elevated fly overs over know Elephant Migration Routes and also over those areas where there have been wildlife sightings have been reported. He also said that in while the standard width of a four lane highway is 60 meters, it has been kept to 40 meters in the jungle areas, to minimize felling of trees. He also said that 97 hectares of land has already been acquired in Kalsi area for compensatory afforestation. He said that the project has been cleared by environmental experts, the Ministry of Environment & Forests and the Supreme Court. He informed that work on the highway has already started and should be ready in 2 yrs time.

Anish Lal of CFGD also mentioned the danger of wild life crossing the highway and getting killed and requested the NHAI to ensure fences on both sides of the Highway. Mr Jain readily agreed to this and said that even though this is not part of the official project, he personally will ensure that this is done "even if he has to donate money for it himself". Himanshu Lal of CFGD requested NHAI to consider transplanting trees (other than Eucalyptus) and said that it should not be a costly affair for NHAI. Mr. Jain readily agreed to the suggestion and said that he would like to have another meeting with CFGD to discuss the feasibility of transplanting the trees instead of cutting them.



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Date16-Jan-11
From: Indra Nath Mishra
Dear Pandeyji, It is not only the matter of felling of 23000+11000(Haridwar-Muzafarnagar highway)= 34,000 nos. of trees, but their planning like running the road corridor with the existing routes where they are going to cut the young trees planted in 3-4 rows, cutting it both sides in NH-72 for concentric widening(widening at both sides). Also Elephant Underpasses dimensions is not as per Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC)& accepted by NHAI. This is very dangerous.


Date16-Jan-11
From: Indra Nath Mishra
Dear Pandeyji, It is not only the matter of felling of 23000 nos. of trees, but their planning like runnung the road corridor with the existing routes where they are going to cut the young trees planted in 3-4 rows, cutting it both sides in NH-72 for concentric widening(widening at both sides).Also Elephant Underpasses dimensions is not as per Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC)& accepted by NHAI.




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