A recent World Health Organisation report in May had declared New Delhi as one of the most polluted cities in the world. At one point, it had even surpassed Beijing’s air quality index which is world’s second most populous city. While on one hand, new policies like the ‘Odd-Even rule’ and other eco-friendly technologies are encouraged to keep Delhi’s air clean, on the other hand, felling of around 17,000 trees is ordered in the capital to make way for posh complexes and fancy residential homes.
National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC), the state-owned real estate company which had undertaken the project to redevelop colonies was questioned by the Delhi High court in a statement, “Can Delhi afford to cut off trees for the development of roads and buildings?”
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