Nainital. The High Court has asked the NHAI in the matter of about 2500 trees of the Sal species being cut during the widening of the Delhi-Dehradun National Highway, what steps it is taking to save the trees during the construction of the Delhi-Dehradun Highway. The court has fixed August 25 for the next hearing of the matter.
At the same time, the court has asked the petitioner that what is the specialty of the trees of the Sal species that after their felling, the damage caused in the area cannot be compensated. It also asked how balanced development can be done in the region. It was also asked whether there is a need to cut two and a half thousand trees in the Mohand area. The court presented its report in the court. The court said that for balanced development, it is necessary to maintain a balance of both development with environmental protection.
The matter was heard before a division bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma. Social worker Renu Pal had filed a public interest litigation in the High Court saying that the entire Doon Valley gets drinking water throughout the year from the Mohand area of Dehradun Rajaji National Park. Delhi Dehradun National Highway is adjacent to this area. In the name of its widening, trees of about 2500 years species are being cut by the government. Due to this, drinking water crisis will arise in front of the residents of Dehradun in the coming time. Therefore, in the name of widening the National Highway, the cutting of trees should be banned.
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