Green activist Pradeep Dahaliya has complained over the IGRS portal about the illegal tree cutting in Hira Mahal area of Kavi Nagar Industrial Area recently by a team of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN). According to his complaint at least 60-70 Peepal trees have been cut down. He further alleged that snakes had been killed in the tree cutting operation after which the grass of the areas was burnt. The activist had asked that strict action be taken against all those responsible for this illegal activity.

Dahaliya also informed that the DFO of Ghaziabad has not been answering the calls.

However, GNN denied the allegations. AMC Shiv Pujan Yadav who is also looking after horticulture said that the GNN team was cleaning a drain in the area and in the process small saplings may have been uprooted but denied any tree cutting. He further said that AMC Pramod Kumar had also visited the site and a team of Forest Dept. had also arrived but did not find anything amiss and the matter was settled. He said on the contrary the GNN is planting trees in the city in green belts and wherever possible.

Meanwhile, office of the District Forest Officer (DFO), Ghaziabad informed delhincrnews.in that ‘compensatory’ action under Forest Act would be taken against any sort of damage to the trees even if the violator is GNN. She also said that at least 22 Peepal trees were found to be damaged at the site.

Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in

Pix by Pradeep Dahaliya