Soon, saving a tree may be just a phone call away. The Delhi government is looking to set up a helpline to register complaints against illegal tree felling that they hope to have in place within 20 days. The move comes days after the Public Works Department (PWD) drew flak from the the National Green Tribunal (NGT) over the felling of 48 trees in a Vasant Kunj neighbourhood.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired a review meeting of Environment and Forest departments on Tuesday, said the helpline would ensure better care of trees in the national capital.
"Residents have been facing difficulties in registering complaints on tree cutting or felling and the apprehension of residents in such incidents result in obstacles for the department," Dikshit said. She said she also reviewed preparations for the next greening drive in the city.
Senior officials in the Environment department said the helpline would take at least 20 days to set up. "This will help residents inform the department about any grievances related to the felling of trees. We can then get in touch with the department responsible for cutting the trees, and even take action if necessary," a senior official said.
In the review meeting on the next greening drive, Dikshit instructed the Department of Environment to focus on areas near malls, bus depots, Aerocity, school and college grounds, government offices, apart from focussing on nurturing planted saplings.
"Planted saplings need to be taken care of properly. The department has been directed to chalk out a comprehensive action plan to plant 10 to 15 lakh saplings during the coming monsoon," Dikshit said.
She said the Environment department was planning a well-conceived media campaign to raise awareness and attract residents to join the plantation drive.
According to sources in the Environment department, saplings would soon be made available for free at petrol pumps, Mother Dairy booths and government offices. The department plans to involve school children, eco-clubs, RWAs, trade associations and NGOs. "The Chief Minister underlined the need to improve the survival rate of planted saplings. We have achieved a survival rate of over 80 per cent in the past," a senior official said.

Spotted a dying tree? Soon, you can dial tree helpline - Indian Express
Saving trees should be a priority if we want to live in India which is green and not concrete jungle,filled with polythene packets and waste. Any street has large share of junk material and waste littering the place.
Trees are an asset for us to treasure.
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