Mass-Deforestation: UP Government Cutting Down 64,000 Trees in Lucknow for Defence Expo

After Arrey Forest from Mumbai, a new piece of land from Lucknow will now be experiencing mass cut-down of trees along the side of Gomti River. As per official figures around 64000 trees will be cut down to prepare the land for the defence expo which is going to be held in the city in February 2020.

While on the one hand, we have Children like Ridhima Pandey and Greta Thunberg fighting governments for making laws against climate change crisis and taking climate action, the governments exhibit reckless attitude towards the environment.

After Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) which cut down more than 2200 from a large piece of land, now Lucknow Municipal Corporation will be cutting down around 64000 trees in Lucknow for preparing a large piece of land for Defence Expo 2020. The Expo is going to be held in the city for the first time in February 2020.

As per the reports from news agency IANS, Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has written a letter to Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), asking to remove the trees from Hanuman Setu to the Nishatganj Bridge. The said land encompasses an estimated 63,800 trees alongside the Gomti River. After the cleaning, the land will be handed over to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which will be hosting the Defence Expo 2020 there in the coming February.

However, to defend itself from the consequences, LDA has already stated in advance that it will be planting new trees after the expo is concluded. Apart from this, efforts have been made to relocate the trees which are removed from the site. This came after a suggestion was made by LMC to relocate the removed trees from the site and to plant new saplings on the riverside post-event. LDA has sought Rs 59 lakhs from LMC for the plantation drive.

However, as per the reports of the forest officials, it is not possible to transplant the uprooted trees in the current season.

“If relocated, the trees will die. The plants and the landscaping along the river will also have to be redone later,” a senior forest official said.

LDA secretary MP Singh told reporters that, “Due to upcoming winter season it is difficult to displace the trees and plant them somewhere else. This will ultimately destroy trees and saplings and hence money will be needed for plantation of saplings at the same spot. That is why a letter has been written to Municipal Commissioner in this regard.”

Although Lucknow is hosting the Defence Expo for the very first time and there will be several delegates coming from across the world to attend the mega display of country’s defence capabilities, that doesn’t still change the Lucknow’s current environmental issues.

As per some recent studies, Uttar Pradesh’s capital city Lucknow and another major city neighbouring city, Kanpur are amongst the top 10 most polluted cities of the country and are the most polluted cities of the state. 

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In spite of all this, the LDA is adamant about completely clearing the area by January 15, 2020, so that the land can be handed over to the organisers in a smooth manner.

The Expo which is themed as ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’, will be held from February 5 to 8 and will involve showcasing of Indian Defence Forces’ latest arms and weapons.

Source: India Times

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Author: Keshav Kothari

A young CA Aspirant who is a writer and a photographer with the zeal to convey a positive perception through his work.

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