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, 2015
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No breathing space for trees: NGO takes fight to green court

Source: Hindustan Times, Date: , 2015

After months of trying to persuade authorities to clear concrete around trees, a city based NGO has filed a petition in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against concrete sidewalks that cover base of trees. Trees that dot the streets of Gurgaon are few and far between, but even those few are quickly drying up. According to environmentalists, some space should be left around trees to allow air and water into the roots. However, the newly constructed footpaths in several parts of the city are not following this practice.“By doing so they are killing the roots and the tree itself. Gardeners call this area the protected root zone and its health is critical. When concrete is placed over the roots, the digging required to create the patio or concrete space damages critical root structures,” said Vivek Kamboj, founder of NGO Haryali that has filed the petition. Interestingly, concrete-covered trees are seen close to several government offices, including the forest department’s office. Other locations include roads near sector 31, 46 and 40, Udyog Vihar, Civil Lines and near Rajiv Chowk.

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