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Delhi Cabinet Approved First-of-its-kind ‘Tree Transplantation Policy’ & World’s 2nd Smog Tower at Connaught Place

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Delhi Cabinet gives nod for First-of-its-kind 'Tree Transplantation Policy’Delhi has become the first state in the country to have the ‘Tree Transplantation Policy’ for the preservation of trees which was approved by the state’s cabinet headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on October 9, 2020. Under this, a minimum of 80% of trees affected by a development or construction project will be transplanted. Also, a minimum of 80% of the transplanted trees should survive and ensuring this would be the responsibility of the agencies that will take permission from us.

  • In this regard, Delhi government will form a panel of agencies for tree transplantation and the government departments concerned will contact these agencies.
  • The payment of the agencies will be made only if 80% of the trees continue to survive after a year.

Key Points about policy:

–This policy is a part of Delhi’s movement of “Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh” against the air pollution levels. Under this movement various measures will be taken, including EV, tree transplantation, and preventing stubble burning.

–It is mandatory to plant 10 saplings as a compensatory effort if one tree was supposed to be cut. 

–Tress can also be transplanted by uprooting a tree from a particular spot, lifting it, and planting it at another spot.

–A dedicated Tree Transplantation Cell will also be formed by the Delhi government and local committees to monitor the transplanted trees and to certify that the task has been done with due diligence.

Delhi to have 2nd Smog Tower in World at Connaught Place

Apart from above, the state cabinet also gave its nod for the installation of the second smog tower in the world after China and 1st in Delhi worth Rs 20 crore at Connaught Place within ten months. This tower is also a part of “Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh”.

  • Notably, two smog towers are being installed in Delhi, out of which one will be done by the Centre at Anand Vihar and the second by the Delhi government at Connaught Place.
  • Delhi’s smog tower will suck the polluted air from above and release clean air from the bottom while China’s smog tower sucks polluted air from bottom and releases clean air from above.

Recent Related News:

i.On the occasion of Engineers Day i.e. September 15, 2020, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) launched i-ATS (Automatic Train Supervision), the first Made-in-India signalling system. It is an important sub-system of the signalling system for the development of CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) based signalling technology for metro railway by automatically detecting all trains on a corridor.

ii.On 8th September, 2020, Delhi became the 1st state in India to launch the E-Filing consumer complaint system. Using this online portal, consumers can file consumer complaints from the comfort of home. 

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Governor– Anil Baijal
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