Bhopal unites to save 27,000 trees from VVIP Bungalows project

In Bhopal, hundreds of residents have come together to prevent the felling of more than 27,000 trees meant to make way for VVIP bungalows. Several citizens, including students, women and even a BJP MLA, have come out against the proposal, invoking the spirit of the historic ‘Chipko Andolan’ movement.

A senior government official from Madhya Pradesh clarified on Saturday that no final decision has been taken yet. Neeraj Mandloi, Principal Secretary to Housing and Urban Development MP, said: β€œIt was a concept put forward by the Housing Board, but no approval or final proposal is before the government yet. We are completely sensitive to tree protection.”

Environmentalist Dr. Subhash C Pandey, who spearheaded the movement, indicated that the group could launch a major protest if necessary. He stressed that previous attempts to plant compensatory saplings for other projects have failed. A similar campaign earlier led a Smart City project to TT Nagar.

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