Gurugram: 80 trees felled near Sirhaul, forest department begins probe

Gurugram: 80 trees felled near Sirhaul, forest department begins probe


GURUGRAM: An inquiry has been initiated following the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) complaint that around 80 trees were felled near Sirhaul border for the elevated U-turn project.
According to the sources, GMDA had sought permission from the forest department for the transplantation of these trees in 2019 and had got the approval in May. Nine months later, the trees were chopped off by the NHAI officials in association with the forest department. A GMDA official was also involved, officials said.
“We have found that the trees have been felled instead of being transplanted. It might have happened in the context of some miscommunication between the departments. We are still figuring out the details of the entire issue,” said a senior official requesting anonymity.
District forest officer Jai Kumar said that they are aware of the matter. “While some of the trees were to be felled, others had to be transplanted. The range officer is investigating the matter,” Kumar said. NHAI could not be reached for a comment.
According to official records, the city has lost over 27,000 trees in the past three years to the construction of flyovers, underpasses and road projects.



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