More than 3,000 trees will be transplanted for Metro's Phase 4 line
More than 3,000 trees will be transplanted for Metro's Phase 4 line

NEW DELHI: For the Delhi Metro's Phase 4 line from Janakpuri West to R.K. Ashram, which will span a distance of 29.26 kilometres and have 22 stops, more than 3,000 trees will be relocated or removed.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been granted permission by the Forest Department to fell or transplant 2,940 trees in the North Forest Division and 450 trees in the South Forest Division. Under the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994, the clearance was granted by the Deputy Conservator of Forest (North).

In the North division, 1,963 of the 2,940 trees will be moved, while 977 will be felled. The metro line will run between Janakpuri West and Mukarba Chowk, and Mukarba Chowk and Derawal Nagar.

The trees will be transferred to a park in Haiderpur and a section along the Outer Ring Road, as per the Forest Department's directive.

The Deputy Conservator of Forests (South) has also approved the removal of 450 trees for the projected 23.6-kilometer metro line between Aerocity and Tughlakabad's Khanpur to Sangam Vihar portion.

On the Yamuna floodplains, however, 30,000 saplings will be planted as a compensatory plantation. Between the ITO bridge and NH-24, 20,000 saplings will be planted, with another 10,000 saplings planted between Geeta Colony Bridge and Shantivan Drain.

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