DELHI: The National Green Tribunal on August 5 issued notices to the Union urban development ministry, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation taking cognizance of mindless concretization in urban areas which is significantly reducing the green cover in the city.
The notices were issued following an application filed with the tribunal by a Ghaziabad-based environmental activist. The applicant had alleged that rampant civic concretization works by municipal and other authorities is not only raising temperatures in cities, but is also preventing rainwater from percolating beneath the soil.
The notices were issued by the principal bench of the tribunal headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. Notices have also been issued to the Union environment ministry, the UP government and the National Disaster Management Authority.
It has also been contended in the application that the unbridled concretization activity is raising atmospheric carbon levels, a major greenhouse gas leading to atmospheric warming. Rapid reduction of open soil areas in cities, resulting from tiling and concretization works, is also preventing groundwater recharge and leading to wastage of up to 90% of rainwater, says the petition.
Besides, issues have also been raised in the petition as to how mindless civic concretizing activities by city development agencies is destroying green cover, choking trees to death and eliminating any further possibility of planting new tree saplings.