The forest department has asked the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to review applications for tree felling on the basis of environmental consequences before forwarding them.
In a letter to the MCG commissioner, the office of the deputy conservator of forests has said that more trees are being cut because of the civic body’s decision to increase floor area ratio (FAR) and allow four floors on residential plots with a provision of stilt parking.
The forest department also asked MCG to appoint a nodal officer to properly go through the applications for tree felling and only then forward it for approval. “The concerned officer should assess the tree felling permission applied by the residents and review whether the request for tree felling is in tandem with the approved plan for green cover along the roads lanes of the residential sector. Only such applications may be applied for the felling of trees to the forest department which are in accordance with approved green/tree cover for the residential sector,” said the letter, written last week.
Several residents alleged that in many cases, trees were being uprooted without the forest department’s permission. “Trees are being felled in the name of stilt parking in keeping with the new building norms. Officials hardly visit the areas to verify if the trees actually need to be cut or not,” said Anand Kumar, a DLF resident.
The forest department’s letter said licenced colonies and HSVP sectors had designated green belts that acted as a cushion against pollution. “The recent increment in FAR in the residential sectors has resulted in four-storey structures in a single housing plot along with stilt parking on the ground floor. The provision of stilt parking has resulted in many fold increase of applications for tree felling and the reason is that every floor owner has a separate parking facility with a separate gate for entry/exit at the facility. The grant of permissions for the multiple gate access to the same residential premises would result in loss of tree cover along roads and would also be a breach of the developmental plan of the said area,” the letter said.