HC notice to Delhi govt on de-concretisation of pavements

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 such incident.

"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.

Bureau Report