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May , 2007
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Missing trees and some numbers: An audit of HCBS project site

By: Trees for Delhi, Source: Toxics Link, Date: May , 2007

A team from the Trees For Delhi forum undertook a tree audit on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg on 8th & 9th of April 2007. The objectives of the audit were broadly to verify the accuracy of tree count as stated in the official records, to assess how many trees had been transplanted, to find out status of trees that have been saved and to explore ways to save trees.

The stretches between – Press enclave and Chiragh Delhi (both sides and central verge) and between Ambedkar Nagar Depot –Madan girl shopping complex (both sides and central verge) and Madangir – Press Enclave Road – Left side and Central Verge were surveyed for the audit.

The audit looked for 688 trees as mentioned in official record given by the IIT designers. Of these 249 trees were slated as unaffected, 102 to be felled and 347 to be transplanted.

It was found that only 259 trees (38%) of the total mentioned in the official record and many of these were marked for felling/ transplanted. Of these 78 (30%) that were classified as 'unaffected' have already been cut. Of the remaining 181 marked unaffected, 140 (77%) are severely threatened and will die soon. They are surrounded by tar, the roots are exposed and their barks are damaged. 50 transplantations of the 347 that were to be transplanted officially. All are without crown, many are without roots, none have any braches, and many are simply wilted trunks or branches planted into the ground. A few are planted in concrete sludge or tar mixtures. They all are practically dead.

Only 30 of the 688 trees, that is, only 4% of the trees, are in a reasonably good condition.A team from the Trees For Delhi forum undertook a tree audit on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg on 8th & 9th of April 2007. The objectives of the audit were broadly to verify the accuracy of tree count as stated in the official records, to asses how many trees had been transplanted, to find out status of trees that have been saved and to to explore ways to save trees.A team from the Trees For Delhi forum undertook a tree audit on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg on 8th & 9th of April 2007. The objectives of the audit were broadly to verify the accuracy of tree count as stated in the official records, to asses how many trees had been transplanted, to find out status of trees that have been saved and to to explore ways to save trees.

Survey team: Jaya, Amit, Ayush, Vinod, Vikal, Gaurav And Neha From Pravah, Zinda Dilli, Kalpa Vriksh and Jamghat.

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