Monday, 14 May 2018 | PNS | Dehradun — Concerned citizens held a meet to mourn the cutting of about 42,000 trees for execution of the all-weather road project in the State. The Citizens For Green Doon (CFGD) group organised the programme at Gandhi Park here on Sunday to pay homage to the trees indiscriminately cut along the Char Dham Yatra route. The group has been demanding Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the complete project, regarding which an application was also filed in the National Green Tribunal by CFGD, Sushila Bhandari, Kesar Singh Panwar and others. The final hearing on this application in the NGT is slated for May 16. The CFGD chief coordinator Dr Nitin Pandey said that the execution of the all-weather road project is witnessing rampant felling of green trees. According to the group, the road is sufficiently wide at about 8.8 metres at most of the places on the Char Dham Yatra route especially from Rishikesh to Chamba and Rishikesh to Rudraprayag but still a large number of trees have been axed for the road widening. Considering the trees as living entities, the CFGD members said that such destruction is a huge loss. “The group members also sensitised the passers by on the issue with the people willingly lighting a candle in homage to the felled trees. This also gave the group an opportunity to bring to light the devastation on the Char Dham Yatra route contrary to the picture of major developmental strides as is being projected by the Government,” said Pandey.

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