Delhi rain: Over 60 tree damage complaints registered | Latest News Delhi

NEW DELHI: A thunderstorm that blew wind and thunderstorms on Monday has damaged a large number of trees across Delhi, highlighting the increasing concreteization and weakening of tree roots in the city. Statistics show that a large number of instances of trees collapsing during a Monday morning storm have been reported from the south of the city. While the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has reported damage to trees in at least 60 places, reports from various agencies have received 20 calls from the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) liaison for tearing down the trees and the Delhi police has received 62 complaints. No casualties were reported in either incident.

According to official monsoon reports issued by the MCD, various control rooms and civic agency helplines have received over 60 complaints of lumber and damage to trees throughout the city. The maximum number of trees damaged in central Delhi’s South Delhi area is 13 cases reported from places like Defense Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Sarita Vihar; 11 calls have been received from the Najafgarh zone covering places like Dwarka and Palam; 10 cases have been damaged or uprooted in the southern regions of Safdarjung Enclave, CR Park and 10 cases from Malviya City and 7 in Mayapuri, Tagore Garden and Rajouri Garden in the Western Region.

Reports from the Trans-Yamuna Region have reported seven trees being cut down from places like Mayur Vihar, Seemapuri and Mansarovar Park. In the northern part of the city, 10 trees were planted in the Karol Bagh area and one per tree in Old Delhi’s Civil Lines and City-Sadar Paharganj zone.

Damaged trees have caused widespread traffic congestion during the morning journeys in various parts of the city. Vivek Tiwari, a commuter from north-west Delhi, said that a tree fell on the Rohtak main road near Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, but there was a similar situation on Mathura road near Okhla tank.

Traffic police disaster management teams and civic agencies have been called into action to clear the fallen trees and branches after heavy rains to reduce congestion, a Delhi traffic police official said.

“In most cases, the tree begins to lose its strength by placing concrete around it. It weakens the roots and reduces water penetration. The tree may fall during a storm.

A 1-meter or 6×6 radius should be left around the tree as ordered by the Delhi High Court and later by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) – which allows it to get water and nourish its roots, the rules have often been violated. Experts blame concrete for such frequent instances of trees falling off during a storm.

While some trees may be exposed to strong winds during hurricanes, this figure can be significantly reduced if agencies do not concrete the area around the trees or damage their roots by digging their roots, says tree activist Padmavathi Dwivedi. “All civilian bodies are well aware that there is enough written. Still, they are failing to implement these existing orders every year, he said.

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