TreesforDelhi invites all concerned citizens for a panel disccussion on:

Delhi’s Vanishing neighbourhood trees: Is it about trees and transport?

Panelists: Mahesh Rangarajan, ecological historian and political commentator and Prabhakar from Kalpavriksha

The discussion will be moderated by Mr. Ravi Agarwal, Director, ToxicsLink

Date: 20th April 2007, Friday Time: 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Conference Room 1, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (In collaboration with India International Centre)

RSVP: Pragya Majumder T: 24320711, 24328006
Email: pragya@toxicslink.org

A brief overview of the discussion topic is as under. 

Delhi’s hundreds of thousands of neighbourhood trees have been in the news for the past few months. But the coverage surrounding them may be relegated to an obituary if the ongoing assault on them reaches the ‘planned levels’ of implementation.

The national capital’s landscape is changing at a shocking pace and many of its citizens have woken up to these changes through sheer shock. Some have found their homes and shops being declared illegal overnight and some, in the context of the issue at hand, have stepped out of their homes to discover the trees in the neighbourhood being butchered on a war footing.

According to one estimate, 30,000 neighbourhood trees have already been felled in the name of modernisation and traffic de-congestion. Another 2,500 trees are to be sacrificed for just a 14km stretch of the High Capacity Bus Service in the ongoing first phase.

The transport planners and the State Government say this is being done to meet the demands of the citizens and trees will have to go to make way for more roads and transport systems. However, the citizens say that neighbourhood trees should not be cut in the name of transport.

The latter feel that urban planning should not be insensitive to the integral part trees play in the ecosystem of the capital city. They are the main source of groundwater replenishment, they reduce groundwater run off and reduce soil erosion as well as providing much needed shade.

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Panel discussion on Delhi’s vanishing trees by TreesforDelhi! Govind Singh Green Alert
TreesforDelhi invites all concerned citizens for a panel disccussion on: Delhi's Vanishing neighbourhood trees: Is it about trees and transport? Panelists: Mahesh Rangarajan, ecological historian and political commentator and Prabhakar from Kalpavriksha The discussion will be moderated by Mr. Ravi Agarwal, Director, ToxicsLink Date: 20th April 2007, Friday Time: 6.30 p.m. Venue: Conference Room 1,...
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.treesfordelhi.com/index.html"><strong>TreesforDelhi</strong></a><strong> invites all concerned citizens for a panel disccussion on:</strong> <font size="3" face="Garamond"><strong>Delhi's Vanishing neighbourhood trees: Is it about trees and transport?</strong></font> <p style="text-align:justify;" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family:Garamond;">Panelists: </span></strong><em><span style="font-family:Garamond;">Mahesh Rangarajan</span></em><span style="font-family:Garamond;">, ecological historian and political commentator a</span><span style="font-family:Garamond;">nd <em>Prabhakar</em> from </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Garamond;">Kalpavriksha</span></p> The discussion will be moderated by Mr. Ravi Agarwal, Director, <a target="_blank" href="http://toxicslink.org/">ToxicsLink</a> <font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3"><strong>Date:</strong> 20th April 2007, Friday <strong>Time: </strong>6.30 p.m.</font></font> <font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3"><strong>Venue:</strong> Conference Room 1, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, <span style="background:0 0;cursor:hand;border-bottom:#0066cc 1px dashed;height:1em;">New Delhi</span></font></font><font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3"> (In collaboration with India International Centre)</font></font> <font face="Garamond"><strong>RSVP:</strong> Pragya Majumder <em>T:</em> 24320711, 24328006 </font> <font face="Garamond"><em>Email: </em></font><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000ff" face="Garamond"><span style="background:0 0;">pragya@toxicslink.org</span></font></u></a> <p style="text-decoration:none;" class="western"><font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3"><strong>A brief overview of the discussion topic is as under. </strong></font></font></p> <p style="text-decoration:none;" class="western"><font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3">Delhi's hundreds of thousands of neighbourhood trees have been in the news for the past few months. But the coverage surrounding them may be relegated to an obituary if the ongoing assault on them reaches the 'planned levels' of implementation. </font></font></p> <p style="text-decoration:none;" class="western"><font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3">The national capital's landscape is changing at a shocking pace and many of its citizens have woken up to these changes through sheer shock. Some have found their homes and shops being declared illegal overnight and some, in the context of the issue at hand, have stepped out of their homes to discover the trees in the neighbourhood being butchered on a war footing.</font></font></p> <p class="western"><font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3">According to one estimate, 30,000 neighbourhood trees have already been felled in the name of modernisation and traffic de-congestion. Another 2,500 trees are to be sacrificed for just a 14km stretch of the High Capacity Bus Service in the ongoing first phase.</font></font></p> <p class="western"><font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3">The transport planners and the State Government say this is being done to meet the demands of the citizens and trees will have to go to make way for more roads and transport systems. However, the citizens say that neighbourhood trees should not be cut in the name of transport. </font></font></p> <p class="western"><font face="Garamond, serif"><font size="3">The latter feel that urban planning should not be insensitive to the integral part trees play in the ecosystem of the capital city. They are the main source of groundwater replenishment, they reduce groundwater run off and reduce soil erosion as well as providing much needed shade.</font></font></p>

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Dr. Govind Singh is Co-Founder of Delhi Greens organisation and the Editor-in-Chief of the Delhi Greens Blog. He is presently working as Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the University of Delhi.