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Allahabad HC Condemns UP Government for chopping thousands of Trees
nisha tyagi 31 Aug 2017

Allahabad HC Condemns UP Government for chopping thousands of Trees

Environment protects the life on our planet. The Government can compensate one person but how will they repay the losses suffered by the entire society, the Court asked.

In a petition filed by Asaf of Gautam Budh Nagar district, challenging allotment of 4500 acres of land to Baba Ramdev’s Food Park in Noida, Uttar Pradesh came up for hearing before Allahabad High Court. The Court expressed deep regret over the Yogi Adityanath Government’s petty move of providing adequate compensation to a Noida resident on whose land thousand’s of trees are likely to be cut down for a proposed food park of Ramdev’s Patanjali Yog Sansthan. The Court said, it is illogical and absurd to believe that one compensation is enough to wipe out the crimes committed to thousands of people as well as to the environment.  

The petitioner accused that 200 Bigha of land were granted to him on a 30-year lease for the plantation of trees and State Government’s move of removing about 6000 trees and allocating the land to the Ramdev’s Food Park is illegal and inflicted a heavy damage to the environment.     

A division bench comprising Justices Tarun Agarwal and Ashok Kumar also cleared that the Government cannot legitimize its act of chopping down thousands of trees and attempt to cover the losses by making a small compensation to an affected individual.

During the trial, the Court stated that environment is necessary for everyone and compensating an individual couldn’t possibly cover the losses suffered by the people surrounding the area. The UP Government leveled 200 Bigha of land by removing thousands of trees for the proposed food park. What artificial luxuries can a food park provide that can restore the loss of natural environment? The court asked.

The hearing will be continued to the next day.

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