The Supreme Court has asked Uttar Pradesh government to seek permission from the Centre for its dream smart city project near Lucknow after it was told that around 15 hectares, out of total project area of 992 acres, is forest land.
It is well known that forests play a major role in mitigating the challenges of climate change, and Madhya Pradesh, which has the largest area under forests in the country, is keen to utilise this resource not only for addressing climate change issues but also for boosting the forest-based livelihoods of local communities.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday took suo moto notice of alleged illegal felling of over 450 trees at Tara Devi temple complex, 10-Km from here and issued notice to the Himachal Pradesh government, officials said.
Trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing almost 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms, says an estimate of air pollution removal by trees in the US by the US Forest Service scientists and collaborators.
A new policy by the Himachal Pradesh government to allot trees, instead of timber or wood, at subsidized rates for constructing or repairing houses has streamlined the process in the state, an official said.
The Supreme Court allowed the Agra Municipal Corporation to cut down 38 trees in the protected area of Taj Mahal under the Taj Trapezium Zone but directed it to plant thrice the number of trees in the compound or nearby areas.