NGT asks Agra to provide information on trees planted near Taj Mahal

Vastavam web: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Divisional Commissioner of Agra to provide information on the trees planted in the eco-sensitive Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) near the historic Taj Mahal.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the officer to provide necessary data within three weeks to advocate M C Mehta, who has been appointed as local commissioner to probe the alleged illegal felling and sale of 4,000 trees in the area.The green panel also directed Mehta to submit the final report on the tree-felling incidents before July 10.It had asked the state government to conduct physical demarcation of the forest area and the green belt within 500 metres of the Taj Tapezium Zone.
The green panel had also directed that the demarcation activity shall be executed in the presence of representative from Forest Survey of India and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.The tribunal had earlier directed an inquiry into the alleged illegal felling and sale of 4,000 trees after taking note of a media report and issued notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and Uttar Pradesh government.