The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) not to allow public functions at a park with the name Mahavir Vatika in East Delhi’s Mayur Vihar area.
The tribunal stated that if the park is allotted for the purposes like marriage and religious functions, there is ample chance of the flora getting destroyed.
“Considering that the size of the park is not very big, there is a likelihood of the flora getting destroyed. Therefore, we restrain the EDMC from allowing public functions in the park,” the tribunal said.
The decision has come on a plea filed by Shalini Tyagi, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase-2, seeking directions to restrain the forest department and others from chopping trees in Mahavir Vatika in Mayur Vihar Phase-2 to protect the environment and ecology of the area.
In her plea, Shalini has alleged that a total of 25 full-grown trees have been axed and the EDMC was planning to chop more trees. The petitioner further alleged that the EDMC frequently allows the park for functions after taking required fees in spite of the fact that there was a community hall in the area.
“The greenery of the park has vanished and the environment has degraded due to illegal cutting of trees and frequent use of the park for public functions,” the plea said.