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Like Me, Many Dehradun Residents Are on a Mission to Stop Felling of 2,500 Trees

Nearly 2,500 British-era Sal trees are being axed for the expansion of the Delhi-Dehradun expressway.

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Residents of Dehradun are on a mission to stop the felling of around 2,500 British-era Sal trees for the expansion of the Delhi-Dehradun expressway. The road is being expanded to reduce the travel time to Delhi.

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"Our campaign is to save the forest near Asharodi. The Sal forest is a part of a national park. The authorities are saying that this expansion will help decrease the time and the distance to reach Delhi. Just to save some time, you cannot cut down an entire forest. In today’s time, it is impossible to grow so many trees again."
Himanshu Arora, Activist

The destruction of the green cover would also affect the natural habitat of the flora and fauna in the region and would also result in overcrowding due to traffic.

"If you want to build a road, you can do that, but don’t do it at the expense of our environment. This will also affect the animals living in the forest. This will also result in a lot of overcrowding and traffic jams in the city. It’s not just about the trees, but the hills would also be damaged," added Himanshu Arora.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Trees being cut in Dehradun.</p></div>

Trees being cut in Dehradun.

(Image courtesy: Accessed by The Quint)

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Deforestation in the Name of Development Is Not a Solution

Us saving the Asharoadi jungles doesn’t mean we’re ‘anti-development’. We are talking about development.

"Climate change is a real thing and a big reality in today’s time. Everyone is talking about it. But what are we doing? Cutting down trees."
Resident, Dehradun
<div class="paragraphs"><p>Citizens of Dehradun stage a&nbsp;protest.</p></div>

Citizens of Dehradun stage a protest.

(Image courtesy: Accessed by The Quint)

These Sal trees are so important for the water bodies because they soak the water and release it slowly when needed.

We are requesting the government and the authorities to listen to our demands and not cause so much damage to the environment, just to save some travel time.

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