20 heritage jamun trees may be uprooted in Central Vista revamp

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20 heritage jamun trees may be uprooted in Central Vista revamp

Several heritage trees, including 20 jamun trees, are likely to be uprooted as part of the Central Vista Avenue redevelopment plan stretching from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate and will be transplanted elsewhere, officials in the know said on Thursday.

Citizens and activists have been sharing pictures on social media of the dug-up Rajpath stretch lamenting the loss of the heritage jamun trees.

"We have started work after requisite approvals. No tree to be cut...affected trees are to be transported elsewhere," said a Central Public Works Department (CPWD) spokesperson.

A senior official of the environment and forest department of Delhi said permission has been given to CPWD to transplant a total of 400 trees for the new Parliament project. These include some jamun and neem trees on Raisina Road and Red Cross Road that are nearly 100 years old.

"There are some 20-22 old jamun trees on Raisina Road that are said to have been planted in the 1920s and were part of Edwin Lutyens' original design of Lutyens' Delhi. These trees are nearly 100 years old and might not survive transplantation," said the environment department official cited above.

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/20-heritage-jamun-trees-may-be-uprooted-in-central-vista-revamp-101620334233182.html

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