THE NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA BEGINS TREE FELLING ON NH-7 - 19th March 2015

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Nagpur: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has started felling trees for road widening in the 10-km patch between Mansar and Chorbahuli on National Highway-7.



The tree felling work started on Wednesday morning and, until evening, many trees were cut in a road stretch of about 500 metres. According to sources, trees will be felled only in the 10-km patch as directed by the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. 



In the 10-km stretch, 7.4km road falls within Ramtek forest range. In this patch, 2,208 trees will be felled. Of this, 76 trees are on forest land. 

Similarly, in the 2.6km stretch, which falls in Paoni range, 1,186 trees will be felled. All these trees are on forest land in compartment numbers 270 and 271. Bamboo clusters in these compartments, which are a good habitat for tigers crossing between forests, will also be destroyed. 



The principal bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) at Delhi had, on March 13th, criticised the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) which was forced to admit that its original circulars of August 8th , 2014 and January 2015 had legal lacunae. 



The MoEF counsel had previously admitted the same in court but had refused to fully correct the circulars. The NGT further directed that no trees were to felled just on the basis of Stage I permissions of the Central Government, which is what is happening now. 

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