This is perhaps one of the case where a developmental project which is an elevated road is haunting the city residents as at least 3000 trees on Ferozepur road in Ludhiana will be axed to complete it. The project to build an elevated road from Samrala Chowk to Ferozepur road has become a bone of contention between residents and authorities.What has infuriated a group of residents is proposed axing of 3000 trees along Ferozepur road for which the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has sought National Green Tribunal’s permission. While a substitute path from Ferozepur road upto Samrala Chowk is a necessity owing to the heavy traffic especially during the rush hours, resident say that it was the only stretch in Ludhiana where trees were found in abundance and removing them will be like removing lungs from the body.A pressure group has also been formed in this regard that is trying to stop the authorities from axing 3000 trees. The project has already started and work near the Octroi port on Ferozepur road has begun. The project, costing Rs 770 crore, has been opposed by residents and some experts who claim that there was no need of an elevated road in the city at present. However others have said that it was important to keep city ready for traffic that will be witnessed after 10 years.Sangrur based resident Dr Amandeep Aggarwal who had filed petitions against felling of trees across the state said that the government should think regarding planting more trees and not axing them. “Development at the cost of environment will bereft the coming generations from clean air. We have already polluted the environment to dangerous levels and any further contamination will be hazardous” he said. Another city based resident Harpreet Soin said that Ludhiana is one of the most polluted cities of the country and axing thousands of trees will result in rise of pollution levels. Daily Post is in possession of details of the official meeting that was held on May 18, 2016 for planning of this elevated road. While Navdip Asija, the then Traffic Advisor to the state government had opposed the project, eight other members of the committee including the Ludhiana Municipal Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and NHAI officials among others had supported the project and stated that it would bring respite from traffic snarls across the city.
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