The Uttarakhand High Court in Nainital has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to submit the survey report by Forest Research Institute (FRI) after hearing the case of cutting of 25,100 trees due to the widening of the Delhi-Dehradun Highway in the Shivalik forest area adjoining the Rajaji National Park.
The court has listed the matter for its next hearing on August 11.
As per the petitioner Reenu Paul, most of the sal trees, on the stretch of the proposed Delhi-Dehradun expressway passing through forests of the Shivalik Hills, are being cut for more construction on the road, ANI reported.
The government had earlier given nod to the construction of an elevated expressway between Dehradun and New Delhi which will reduce the distance between the two cities to 180 kms.
The Centre’s go-ahead to the project was conveyed to former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat by the National Highway Authority of India Chairman SS Sandhu.