Delhi lesson for Mumbai Metro — 43,700 trees cut, but 36 lakh tonnes of carbon sucked out


Delhi lesson for Mumbai Metro — 43,700 trees cut, but 36 lakh tonnes of carbon sucked out

The Delhi Metro, with a network of 377 km, is inarguably one of India’s most efficient suburban rail systems, connecting areas on different ends of the national capital region (NCR). It’s also an asset to Delhi’s environment, offsetting carbon emissions to the tune of 36.2 lakh tonnes over the past 10 years.

Amid the ongoing Aarey Dairy Colony controversy, which brought Mumbaikars out in droves to protest against the felling of around 2,700 trees for a Mumbai Metro project, the Delhi Metro claims to have pulled off the project with careful planning that addresses multiple concerns associated with deforestation as well as other environment-related aspects.

Deforestation, reforestation

Each time a tree is felled for the suburban railway network, the Metro authorities have to pay compensation to the Delhi Forest Department, which then carries out compensatory afforestation.  Read more

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