Children protest at Connaught Place against cutting of trees, formed human chain

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New Delhi: Aimed to prevent cutting of trees in the development, One Billion Rising Delhi and Citizens4trees hold protest at Connaught Place and formed a human chain to call for an end to the destruction of Delhi’s trees on Saturday evening.

This event seeks to generate awareness about the destruction of 16,500 fully grown trees in Central and South Delhi and to call for development that does not destroy our green cover.
To convince the government and locals with a fact that Delhi is the 11th most polluted city in the world and an average of 25 people die in this city every day from respiratory diseases and number will mount with each passing year. And cutting of 16,500 fully grown trees will adversely affect on the environment.

Hundred of school children, senior citizen and youths took part in the protest and formed human chain.

Speaking to Ten News, Social activist Kamla Bhasin said that who our government can think of taking such harsh step to destroy our environment in the name of development. “We are here to create awareness, so, the every citizen can come on the road and protest the cutting of trees.”

To save ourselves, trees are extremely important in controlling pollution, and remove particulate matter from the air. Cutting trees will worsen the air pollution crisis, and further undermine the physical and mental health of Delhi’s residents.
Cutting of 16, 500 tress of South and Central Delhi triggered a controversy. The issue irked locals and they came forward to save the tress by organizing rally, protest, Chipku Andolan and all.

Later, an environment enthusiastic, which had organised the protest, Prerna Prasad said, “Despite Delhi High Court and National Green Tribunal ban on cutting of trees, cutting to tress is unabated. Trees continue to be destroyed every day as heavy construction debris is dropped onto them. We demand that action be taken against violators of law, and call for a complete end to the destruction of green cover in this city.”

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