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To: Rao Narbir Singh, the PWD Minister; Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Deforestation at rapid rate in Gurgaon
PWD has sought permission to fell 1,300 trees to construct an underpass and a flyover at Atul Kataria Chowk. We want this to stop.
Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) should not give permission for this. We don't want any more tree felling in the city in the name of development at the cost of our and our children's health.
Why is this important?
I wake up every morning with a headache. I struggle to breathe, I often go to work sick and I’m left feeling miserable most of the time. My 3 year old nephew is on a nebulizer. This is not life!
I live in Gurgaon where pollution has created a health crisis. This is not just about me, sadly most citizens are constantly fighting colds, coughs and sore throats regularly.
On top of this, comes news that the state Public Works Department (PWD) has sought permission to fell 1,300 trees to construct an underpass and a flyover at Atul Kataria Chowk.
A senior forest official on condition of anonymity told Hindustan Times that nearly 25,000 trees have been felled in the past five years, but in official records the number is around 9,000 trees.
The forest department mandates that 10 saplings be planted for every tree that is cut. Let's not forget that compensatory afforestation will take decades to make up for the void of felling decades old, full-grown trees.
Dr CR Babu, former director of the Biodiversity Park and professor emeritus at the University of Delhi, said, “I am sorry to say that the people are sleeping as deforestation on such a scale happens in the city. People should wake up, join hands and put up a strong protest if they want to save the city for future generations.”
Please sign this petition to stop this felling of trees and ask the authorities to not to plan development activities at the cost of the health of its citizens.