There is no disputing the fact that connecting Noida to Ghaziabad via Metro will be a boon for residents. But it seems the Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC) has ruffled a few feathers already.
Residents of Mecon Apartments, Sector 62, Noida, are not happy about NMRC cutting of trees in front of the society. They said NMRC has felled 14 trees already, and on being questioned, claims to have had permission from the Forest Department.
Reema Gupta, a resident, said, “Noida should be connected to Ghaziabad by Metro, but residents are paying a huge price in terms of environmental impact. Trees, which are essential for maintaining the green cover of Noida, should not be cut under any circumstances.”
PR Chandana, secretary of the Mecon Apartments RWA, said, “A group of residents had approached Metro officials, and they had promised to prune, not cut, trees. But that did not happen.”
Satish Sangwan, an NMRC engineer, said, “We did have the Forest Department's permission to cut trees on the Metro route. But we will plant new trees after the project is completed.”
When City Spidey spoke to Sudhir Kumar, regional forest officer, he said, “The department gave permission for felling 23 trees only. If the number has exceeded that, we will take action against Metro officials.”