Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Nearly 7,000 trees to be cut for Jewar airport

Greater Noida: The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), which is acquiring land for the Jewar airport, has said 6,721 trees need to be felled for the project and the development agency would plant three times the number of saplings for it.
YEIDA mentioned this in its report on how it plans to conserve the environment that would be affected by the project. It said that the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will also conduct a survey and submit by October 30 its plans to protect 122 black bucks, 200 cranes and peacocks that live in the area.
YEIDA also said it would build 14 ponds in addition to conserving the ones around the 5,000 hectares on which the airport would come up. The plans were discussed at a meeting between representatives of YEIDA and WII in Dehradun on Tuesday.
“We made a presentation of our environment conservation plan for a 10km radius around the upcoming Jewar airport. We also told experts of WII that we would build 14 ponds in the six villages where land is being acquired. We have already identified locations where the ponds would be built. We will also develop wetlands, wherever recommended by WII,” said Arun Vir Singh, the YEIDA CEO.
Singh, who spoke at length with WII director VB Mathur, said the number of trees to be felled was not as many as that feared earlier as 98% of YEIDA land in the area is agricultural.
14/08/19 Meenakshi Sinha/Times of India

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