Dwarka: About 100 residents, including ladies and children, protested against felling of trees for proposed flyover at Sector 22 and 23 in Dwarka on Sunday.
Convenor of Dwarka Bachao Abhiyan, Dr Asha Sharma and other residents gathered at the spot by keeping saplings on their heads to display anguish over continuous cutting of trees by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for flyover.
This was the third attempt by the residents to stop the contractor from cutting trees.
“No social impact study was done by the NHAI. They had not handed over the copy of approval to the residents despite six months of pursuance. Last week, the local MP Parvesh Verma visited the site. He assured to take up the matter with Nitin Gadkari but the residents are yet to get any response. We have written to Nitin Gadkari, requesting him to intervene,” said Diwan Singh, a protester.
Residents complained that they have already lost more than 5,000 trees due to construction of Dwarka Expressway. They said that they cannot afford to lose the trees as it would severely impact the overall air quality.
Dwarka is already among top 10 pollution hotspots in Delhi among the 40 monitoring stations.