[ecis2016.org] The alleged felling of over 1,000 trees for a proposed international exhibition-cum-convention centre in Dwarka, has come under the scanner of the National Green Tribunal, which has sought a response from the centre and Delhi government
A National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench headed by chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar, issued notices to the Ministry of the Environment and Forests, the AAP government, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, on a plea alleging the felling of trees, for a Rs 26,000-crore international exhibition-cum-convention centre in Dwarka.
The bench, also comprising justice Jawad Rahim, asked the parties to file their reply in 10 days and listed the matter for hearing on December 11, 2017.
The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by city resident Shobhit Chauhan, seeking a complete review of the project, to protect trees from being chopped.
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During the hearing, the lawyer, appearing for the applicant, said at the time when pollution levels in the city have touched severe levels, it was necessary that trees should be preserved as they act as natural air filters. He said that compensatory plantation should be undertaken around Dwarka, to maintain the ecological balance and it should take place not at some far off places like ITO and Yamuna Bank Metro Station.
With an overall built-up space of 1.02 million sq metres, the international exhibition-cum-convention centre (IECC) will house exhibition halls, convention centres, banquet halls, an arena, a financial centre, hotels, food and beverage outlets, commercial and retail services and common internal infrastructure facilities. The IECC, which is coming up in sector 25 in Dwarka, will be able to host 5,000 to 10,000 delegates. It will take an estimated 15 minutes to reach the centre from the international airport.
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