Delhi govt launches tree transplantation policy to preserve trees

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI): The Delhi government today launched the first of its kind tree transplantation policy to preserve the trees in the national capital.

Addressing a media briefing, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the government has passed a tree transplantation policy, under which agencies will have to transplant 80 per cent of the trees affected by their projects to a new location.

“Payment will be made to the transplantation agency only if 80 per cent of transplanted trees survive,” he added.

Moreover, the tree transplantation policy for development or construction projects will be in addition to the compulsory plantation of trees policy which is already in place.

He also said that the proposal to install a ‘smog tower’ in Delhi’s Connaught Place to deal with air pollution has also been approved. In addition to the Central government’s smog tower coming up in Anand Vihar, this tower will suck the air from the top and release filtered air near the ground.

The government has stationed Rs 20 crore and the tower will come up in 10 months, the chief minister said, adding that the policy will be the first of its kind in the world.

Kejriwal further stated that a dedicated tree transplantation cell will be set up by the government under the new policy and local committees with RWA members will be involved to monitor transplanted trees.

Notably, this announcement comes just ahead of the winter season, when the national capital sees a spike in the levels of air pollution due to stubble burning in the neighbouring states.