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Delhi-Dehradun Expressway: Centre agrees to let committee study environmental impact of tree felling

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The Central Government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has no objection to setting up of an independent inquiry committee of experts to examine the environmental impact due to felling of trees due to the construction of Delhi-Dehradun Expressway.

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said,

“We have made it clear that we are not on the issue of change nor the independence of the committee that was formed by the National Green Tribunal.”

On this, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said the NGT has also said that any member can approach the High Powered Committee already constituted.

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The Court told the AG that of the three names given, a wildlife report has been prepared. While two others have been appointed by the Centre itself. The Court asked the Centre to consider the names.

The court will hear the matter on April 19.

In fact, the NGO challenged the forest clearance and wildlife clearance for non-forest purposes, widening and construction of elevated corridor for use of forest land for non-forest purposes for a part of the highway for improvement and extension of National Highway-72 from Delhi to Dehradun. The matter of felling of trees has been raised before the Supreme Court.

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