Delhi: 30 apply for adoption of 150-year-old banyan tree at Chandni Chowk | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The forest and wildlife department has received over 30 applications from people interested in adopting a century-year-old banyan tree at Chandni Chowk.
The department is in the process of finalising an applicant on the basis of his or her experience in preserving trees.
A forest official said that following this, they may issue notices for adoption of more trees under Delhi Preservation of Trees Act (DPTA) 1994. Though Section 13 of DPTA allows adoption of a tree for a specified period, no tree has so far been adopted in Delhi.
In January this year, the department had issued a notice asking individuals, organisations and local bodies to help them keep the banyan tree alive. A petition has also been filed in Delhi High Court for its protection. The petitioner had claimed that extensive damage was caused to the tree, following which the forest department informed the court that the tree officer was hopeful that it could be saved and restored to good health.
The high court had estimated the tree to be around 300 years old but the forest department put its age at at least 150 years. “We have received more than 300 applications. The process of selection was delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown. We are examining the applications and their experience on taking care of trees will be considered,” said a forest official.
According to Section 13 of DPTA, a tree authority can allow, by a written permission, an individual, a corporate or an institution to adopt a tree for a specific period and maintain and preserve it.
“In the past, no application was sought for adoption of any tree. However, we may consider giving other trees for adoption, considering the response we get after the adoption of the banyan tree,” said a senior official.

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