Over 6,000 trees have been identified for razing for the construction of the Jewar International Airport. However, environmentalists have demanded the forest department to cut the trees in a phased manner to reduce the impact on the ecology of the area. According to the forest department, the tree owners will be compensated as per a fair estimated value of timber.
The Uttar Pradesh government had recently issued a notification for the acquisition of 1239.14 hectares of land from six villages. The notification was issued under Section 11 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.
An appeal has been made to the Union Ministry to reconsider their decision of cutting the trees. The environmentalists have also requested that the trees that need to be promptly cut should be dependent on the expansion of the specific project and should be cut in small numbers and not simultaneously. The plantation of new saplings should also start simultaneously.
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