Uttarakhand HC removes stay on tree felling for road widening in Doon | Dehradun News


NAINITAL: The Uttarakhand high court on Friday heard the PIL against tree felling for widening of the Sahastradhara Road in Dehradun.
After hearing the arguments of the petitioner and the state government, the division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and RC Khulbe removed the stay it had earlier put on tree felling.
The HC bench asked the state government to transplant all the trees (barring Eucalyptus) that are chopped for road-widening.
The process should be conducted under the observation of the Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute (FRI), added the court.
According to the state government proposal, the broadening of the 14-km-long Jogiwala-Pacific Golf Estate Road from 7.5 metres to 20 metres would involve the felling of 2,057 trees.
The road, according to the government, is being widened to make access to Mussoorie faster for tourists coming from Delhi. A petition against this proposal was filed last year by Dehradun-resident Ashish Garg.
In July this year, the high court, while hearing the petition, had ordered the state government to transplant at least 972 of the total trees that are to be chopped while a majority of the Eucalyptus trees were ordered to be felled.
Subsequently, the state government started felling trees along the Sahastradhara Road despite protests by activists and residents. However, in a subsequent hearing of the plea in August, the court revised its decision and directed the state government to stop the felling of trees.
On Friday, the HC bench, in its order, said, “It is well known that Eucalyptus trees have adverse effects on soil conservation and soil texture… So we, after having given anxious thought to this serious issue of conflict between man and nature, the requirement of development and protecting ecology and environment, have come to the conclusion that we should accept the proposal submitted by the State of Uttarakhand.”
The order comes after the state government, in its counter-affidavit, told the court that the proposed road is “very much necessary for the proper development of communication and tourism in the state.” The state’s counsel added, “We propose to transplant the precious trees and fruit bearing trees.”





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