Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding greening of public spaces, India, 05/09/2017

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions & Promotions of National Awareness (CHETNA) Vs. National Highway Authority of India & Others dated 05/09/2017 regarding greening of public spaces. Counsel appearing for the National Highways Authority of India submits that it will follow the Green Highways (Plantation, Transportation, Beautification and maintenance) Policy of 2015 and wherever the land abutting the National Highway, roads, state national highway which are under construction under National Highways Authority of India, they will ensure plantation of green belt on both side of the road.

The NCT Delhi, State of Haryana and State of Rajasthan are directed to ensure due plantation is done at the Government land which are adjacent/abutting National Highway and such other State highways. The State Government and all Local Authorities shall also issue directions to all the Group Housing Societies, Commercial Plots and land that is allotted by the State Government for any office, residential block, that they would plant trees along their boundaries and raise green belts around the buildings.