Sai Upvan, the 200 acre forest in Ghaziabad, continues to be a picture of neglect as sewage water from a drain flowing into the Hindon river has inundated the green cover. The situation has not changed even as many years have gone by and various legal forums, be it the Allahabad High Court or the National Green Tribunal, have taken note of the sad state of affairs.
Sai Upvan is one of the three city forests in the 2021 Master Plan of Ghaziabad and a green lung which once had lakhs of trees but the municipal corporation has failed to conserve it.
It is to be noted that the Allahabad High Court had way back in October, 2012 on a petition filed by local councillor Rajendra Tyagi directed the GMC to construct a cemented canal so that the sewage water cannot flow into green areas. It had also ordered to set up a sewage treatment plant to prevent the Hindon from pollution.
Mr. Tyagi has recently written many letters to the civic agencies and is also moving a contempt plea before the High Court.
“I can only raise the issue but it is ultimately the civic body which has to perform. It is their utter failure,” rues Mr. Tyagi.
Environmental activist Akash Vashishtha, the conservation coordinator of Society for Protection of Environment and Biodiversity (SPENBIO) says, “Sai Upvan was one of the green lungs of Ghaziabad but the Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam could not maintain it. Some 3-5 lakh trees were planted by the Nagar Nigam some years ago but the same have been destroyed by fires, illegal felling and lack of maintenance.”