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Dear Friends,

On the 14th of May, 2007, over a hundred trees were felled within the premises of the Salt Lake Stadium by the Bhagwandas Group in order to construct a taxi meter testing center and a graveyard for old, polluting vehicles. The land and permission were given by order of the Transport and Sports Ministries. However, no permission was taken from the Department of Forests to chop down over a hundred trees!

I have been following the case for a while, but it got covered in heaps of paperwork. The following questions were asked through registered mail as well as emails:

i. With whose permission were the trees felled?

ii. What permissions were granted for the construction of a Pollution-making garage at the stadium, which is part of our National Heritage, being one of the largest in the world, and a place for sports and athletic activities?

iii. What steps have been taken for the re-planting of the trees?

iv. Why were the trees not replanted elsewhere? A very successful project like this was carried out earlier, but nothing was done about this.

This is a part of our National Environment Heritage, as well as our Athletic Heritage. A sports arena should be devoid of such pollution making substances.

This has to be done in order to protect the Public Interest. Salt Lake, which has zero pollution zones, is soon going to go the same way as many other places within the main city of Kolkata.

The issue has been taken up with the Governor, and H.E. has started enquiring into the matter as well.

In the mean time, DFO, Forest Department,is being written to,in order to get it in writing,regarding the permissions given.

The Bhagwandas Group has flagrantly flouted many norms earlier, which is when the then-Councilor Mala Ray was forced to take up issues regarding illegal godowns, etc.

Mr. Asif from the Environmental Committee of Eastern India,would like to meet or know of a body of concerned people instead of one individual.

Even if the permissions were got out later, we should protest against this NOW! The Press has already been intimated about it. A show of strength is the need of the hour.

Please co-operate at the earliest.

Do sign the petion and show that YOU do care about the city,the environment....the future!

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