New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today
sought a response from the Centre and the state government on
a PIL seeking its direction to de-concretise pavements in
Delhi in order to protect trees which are not getting enough
water and nutrition due to cementation of area around roots.
Pointing out the havoc created in the capital on
August 21 when several trees were uprooted in a storm leading
to heavy traffic jam across the city, the petitioner said
trees` roots are getting weakened due to concretisation of
pavements and it has to be stopped to prevent recurrence of
"The roots of trees are being weakened by the
government`s action because of rampant concretisation of
pavements in the capital and the concrete has to be removed
for the protection of trees," advocate Sugriv Dubey pleaded
before a Bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah.
The court, after hearing his contention, issued a
notice to the government and asked them to file a reply on
steps taken by them for protection of trees.