After the NMC’s move to cut down 4930 trees in Ajni Van for the proposed Inter-modal station of Metro, the environmentalists and citizens of the city raised concern regarding it’s per information, over 12000 citizens have joined the protest against this move in just two days.
It is said that one tree supplies oxygen enough for four people. This means that if 40000 trees are cut down in four phases for the intermodal station, it will affect the oxygen of around 1.5 lakh people. Hence, the environmentalist from the city have raised voice against the felling of trees in Ajni van. And Union Minister for Surface Transport, Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that 5 times the number of chopped trees would be planted by the National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) in the forest of Shankarpur. The move to chop down the trees in Ajni Van has drawn public ire. The inter-modal station will be developed on 44.4 acres of land. For this, 4522 trees will have to be chopped. And the flyover and the approach road to the project will lead to further cutting down of 408 trees.
Environmentalist have also come forward and implemented Ajni Van Bachao Mahim and carried out a signature campaign in Ajni area. And many citizens signed it. After that the objection letter with the signature of the citizen was submitted to the park department of the corporation following covid safety norms. On the other hand, other organizations have also raised their voices against tree planting in Ajni Van. The members of the forum on Wednesday submitted a written statement of objection with the signatures of 500 citizens to the park department officials. After all these campaigns the civic administration announced on Wednesday to extend the deadline for filing objections against trees till June 30.This period is seven days from the date of publication of the advertisement till June 4.