SUBJECT :Projects told to grow trees 

Chandigarh, January 10
n a departure from the practice of “overlooking” norms for development, the Chandigarh administration has decided to go tough while granting permission for felling trees to make way for development projects.

The message is clear. Any agency undertaking development projects, be it a government agency or a private builder, will be asked to adhere to guidelines to save trees.A number of full-grown trees coming in the way of important projects like Prideasia were at the risk of being axed. It is, however, not clear whether or not the orders apply to felling of trees in the Industrial Area for widening roads under the conversion policy.

The value of a single tree in terms of its impact on ecology is accessed at Rs 2 lakh per year.

Sources said the fresh initiative to save the maximum of trees had been taken at the level of the adviser, Pradip Mehra, who recently inspected sites where permission to axe trees had been given. The applicants have been asked to explore the possibility of planting trees in lieu of felled trees. In case of Parsavnath housing project, where 400 trees were to be cut , the developer has been asked to submit a plantation programme.

Source: Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service