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Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREEN DELHI- A Photo Story

PART I
IT DOES NOT END
The story is an old one; it plays repeatedly on self-loop, only thing that changes is the people and the environments that are affected. Despite numerous laws around the protection of trees, the rampage never ceases. The cause is as old as ages, and there is zero will to implement these laws by the law enforcers.


It all started last year when MCD was constructing cemented roads in our society in Pitampura, Delhi. These people forgetting their duties and feeling omnipotent with their machines of destruction started destroying everything that came in the way, setting a model, an example before the other phases of construction. Despite our repeated pleas and reminders of the laws governing tree felling, MCD upon insistence of one of our neighbours –Prem Lal Khanna and his family felled numerous trees, and when we said we would file complaint, they hid the trees, and then quickly towed them away:
Step 1: When you are MCD, you savagely destroy anything in your way
(Contract in the hands of some Mr. Khan)


 Step2:  Hide in the park until tow truck comes


Step 3: Load it up, hide under dry branches and tow away

We made repeated calls to forest department, to the chief conservation officer, two representatives from this department came and said that at least the trees in front of our house would be protected, and we were pacified with this assurance and forest department itself took no action against these people.

PART II
IT DOES END
A year passed, our neighbours forever unsettled, were waiting for any excuse to fell the trees in front of our own house, their youngest son even declared that “I’m not my father’s son if I don’t get this tree cut off”.  Few weeks before today, some branches of one of our tree, started drying up, these were towards the side of this neighbour’s house, so anyone can guess what might have happened. Under pretext of some renovations, one day in the quite of a hot and humid afternoon, these people cut down two of  the trees that forest department so assuredly vouched for only a year before and created a shameless scene, embellished with all the name calling and vulgar obscenities as is the character of such people. 



 Fell in a moment what took years to grow

 On lodging complaint, the police has forwarded the case to horticulture department as this case is their prerogative. Quoting chief conservation officer, forest department Mr. A. K. Shukla, “Since the trees were not on your property, I can do nothing about it”. We had high hopes in these guardians of trees, reading glorified reports in the newspapers, but today, I’m disappointed, slowly turning impassive regarding any good change, I agree with forest officer, we really can do nothing about it. Delhi is definitely going green and greener.
  
 About Author:
Rochana Chaturvedi is a Professor of Computer Science in Delhi University since past three years. In her free time, she enjoys arts, nature, traveling and reading amongst many other. Besides being a good singer, she enjoys writing poetry though seldom publishes them on her blog. However, she can be caught blogging sometimes at http://rochanachaturvedi.blogspot.in.

20 comments:

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    1. Thanks for your support Alok. We hope some solution could be found!

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  2. Strange clause - As the forest officials if you can in any way adopt a tree that is likely to be axed.

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    1. Seriously Shine, It seems like nobody wants to do their job!

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  3. That's very bad ... we should file a complaint against those ....

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    1. Akshat, we've filed multiple complaints against these people, I wonder how much time it will take before a serious followup by horticulture department.

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  4. It's so sad...And that too when those sitting there to protect the environment also do nothing

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    1. Thanks Nabanita, it's reassuring to see people who empathize with nature.

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  5. The more we destroy, the more we hurt the Earth. Very sad indeed.

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    1. True Michelle, I wonder how to make people realize what they are bent on destroying is another Life, someone nurtured it for years- watered, fertilized, trimmed, shaded from a burning sun. Being a superior species means respecting that, talking of blind power, well ask the dinosaurs how that worked out for them!

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  6. It is really sad to see Mother Nature being treated like this. I don't know when people will realize the enormity of degradation of our green cover!
    Good you took this up Rochana!

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    1. Thanks for your support Aditi, the worst part is Tree Helpline, Conservation department all are absolutely mute regarding this, what is the use of creating these departments then!

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  7. honestly, sad to see the lack of initiative from the authorities too.. I stare outside my window presently and its just greenery all over here in Kerala. One of the minus points of this need to be an urban jungle seems to be that nature is being entirely sidelined and destroyed

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    1. Absolutely Roshan! I think education plays an important role in this. Authorities just want funding and comfort- no one wants to work and get bothered I guess! Kerala is amazing like a green heaven!

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  8. Even when the govt are doing so many campaigns to protect environment they actually are not doing anything.

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    1. Sheethal exactly we don't see them doing anything in real. We hear stories, read about them. But I guess they are interested where media can cover them up!

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  9. In chennai..I saw outside people doing construction illegally and felling many old trees..nobody bothers intitially(because they must have pocketed money)..after 15-20 yrs they start saying that its illegal and should be demolished..

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