Launching first-of-its-kind tree transplantation policy to preserve trees for a clean and green Delhi

Launching first-of-its-kind tree transplantation policy to preserve trees for a clean and green Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched first-of-its-kind tree transplantation policy to preserve trees for a clean and green Delhi. He said that several old trees cut due to the development work and according to the earlier policy government plant 10 saplings. But now rather cutting the old tree government will transplant the tree to another place by using latest scientific techniques.

He said that 80 per cent trees will be transplanted in any development work in which 80 per cent trees have to live, whichever agency take permission from the Delhi government. “Delhi govt has passed a tree transplantation policy, under which 80% of trees uprooted for any construction/development project, must be transplanted elsewhere. Payment will be made to the transplantation agency only if 80% of transplanted trees survive,” he said.

He further said the government is setting up a panel of national-level transplantation agencies whose services can be availed for  relocation of trees. “A dedicated tree transplantation cell will also be formed. Local committees with RWA members & residents will monitor transplanted trees.”

He said the Cabinet has also approved a proposal to install a ‘smog tower’ in Delhi’s Connaught Place to deal with air pollution.

The government has stationed Rs 20 crore, and the tower will come up in 10 months, the chief minister said, claiming that it will be the first of its kind in the world.

Kejriwal said that a dedicated tree transplantation cell would be set up by the government under the new policy.

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