Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday kept in abeyance its earlier order of cutting down female Russian poplar trees until an expert committee will produce a report on the matter.
Advocate Shafqat Nazir, counsel for the matter, said that the High Court opines that there should be a committee of experts who shall examine the matter in detail and report to the court whether the female Russian poplar trees really pose adverse health risks or not, weekly Ziraat Times reported.
Pertinently, the decision of authorities to cut 42,000 poplar trees across the Valley amid Covid-19 pandemic, has evoked sharp criticism from the people of the Valley. Many environmentalists and civil society members have questioned the wisdom of the Jammu and Kashmir administration behind this move.
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However, despite opposition, culling of poplar trees is being carried out in many districts of the Valley on the instructions of the district magistrates.
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