New Delhi: Concerned over rampant cutting of trees to implement various infrastructure projects, the Delhi government is now considering setting up of a call centre to receive complaints of such incidents.
    
Officials said the government is planning to set up the call centre to encourage citizens to lodge complaints of tree felling. The proposal was discussed at length on Tuesday at a meeting Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had with top officials of Environment department.
    
"We are seriously considering setting up of a call centre to receive complaints of tree felling as people often find it difficult to register their complaints," said a senior official.
    
Around 50 trees were cut and 40 trees were damaged in March by PWD while implementing a road widening project in south Delhi's Vasant Kunj area. The residents had strongly protested cutting of the trees.
    
As per provision of Delhi Protection of Trees Act, 1994, 10 saplings have to be planted for felling of each tree. The Chief Minister also asked the Environment Department to remove all kinds of signboards, electric wires and nails from the trees at the earliest.
    
The Chief Minister directed the Environment department to chalk out a comprehensive action plan to plant between 10 and 15 lakh saplings during ensuing monsoon season.
    
Officials said the department will soon launch a "well-conceived media campaign" to exhort people to join the plantation drive. They said Dikshit directed the Environment department to concentrate planting saplings around shopping malls, bus depots, Aero city, schools, colleges and government offices.

(Agencies)

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