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'Delhi Metro Body Will Need Forest Clearance To Fell Trees': Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 16 Nov 2021 5:54pm

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The Supreme Court on November 11, 2021 while hearing Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's ("DMRC") interim application on felling of trees for phase IV expansion plan orally observed that although development could not be stalled there was a need to balance the environment on one hand and development on the other hand.

While the bench of Justices LN Rao, BR Gaval, and BV Nagarathna was reserving orders in DMRC'S application, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta appearing for DMRC submitted as follows: 'Suppose I am to go for forest clearance under the Forest Conservation Act, it is going to take one and half years. There would be a price escalation of the project. If they (those opposing the project) want to have the luxury let them deposit the escalated amount of the project."

"You will have to get clearance, Mr. Solicitor General. We will give time to the Union of India to give clearance. We are not going to accept this submission made by CEC that all trees are not forests. We are. not going to accept it. Just see the ramifications of this point being accepted. Who is going to find out whether the tree is natural or planted? It is going to create chaos", Justice Rao, the presiding judge of the bench remarked.

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