Tree activist Pradeep Dahaliya has alleged that Forest Department of Ghaziabad has for no valid reason allowed permission for chopping and pruning of a tree near Hapur Chungi.
Dahaliya averred that the Peepal tree was a big one and had been brutally hacked after permission to axe it was granted on a false pretext.
The Forest Department in its reply to Dahaliya over online portal (IGS) has said that after a complaint was made to them by Abhinav Advertising Agency, responsible for maintenance of FOB at Hapur Chungi that the tree branches were touching the overhead electric wires, permission was granted for cutting of the branches. However, Dahaliya said that there were no electric wires that the tree was touching and the complaint is a frivolous one. He also said that the large tree had suffered severe damage.
DFO Ghaziabad could not be reached over phone despite repeated attempts.