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80% of trees affected must be transplanted: CM Kejriwal on Delhi’s new Tree Policy

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Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal

In an effort to strengthen ‘Tree Policy’ of the national capital, the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal announced that it is mandatory to transplant 80 per cent of the trees uprooted for any development project. The Delhi Cabinet gave a nod for the CM’s call for a new ‘Tree Policy’ considering it as a move to address concerns regarding the national capital’s green cover.

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CM Kejriwal announced as many as seven initiatives in the present week to combat air pollution and the announced new tree transplantation policy is one of the seven initiatives.

The action plan for combating pollution consists of a separate strategy for dust control, effective management of 13 hotspots of pollution, a war room which was inaugurated on October 8 for real-time monitoring of pollution levels and efficiency of measures to fight pollution, and a mobile application for lodging complaints.

The CM, at a press conference on October 9, said, “This is the first-of-its-kind tree transplantation policy in Delhi. We will be the first state in the country to implement this policy.”

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Inclusions in the new Tree Policy 

  • The earlier tree policy which said that ‘10 saplings have to be planted for each tree affected’ will remain a part of the new policy as well.

  • The policy makes it mandatory for transplantation of 80 per cent of trees affected for development projects.

  • The Arvind Kejriwal-led government has placed a cap on the number of trees which can be cut. The cap ensures that no more than 20 per cent of the total affected trees can be slashed.

  • The policy also requires the agency asking fr tree felling permissions to ensure that at least 80 per cent of the transplanted trees to survive.

  • A ‘Tree Transplantation Cell’ will be constituted to oversee the projects involving cutting, transplantation of trees and their survival.

  • The Delhi government also plans to set up local committees comprising of government officials, officials from municipal agencies, and members of residents’welfare association to monitor saplings in each ward.

  • Further, the government is planning to form a panel of agencies with expertise in tree transplantation for taking up the transplantation work. The agencies will be paid a year later to ensure that 80 per cent of the transplanted trees survive.

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