After facing criticism for large-scale felling of trees in housing projects in south Delhi, state-owned construction firm NBCC, on August 27, 2018, said that it has issued revised General Conditions of Contract (GCC), making it mandatory for contractors to plant five trees for each Re one crore value, for projects having estimated cost of up to Rs 100 crores. For projects valued at Rs 100-300 crores, the contractors will now have to plant and maintain 500 trees plus two trees for each Re one crore value above Rs 100 crores. Similarly, for projects valued at over Rs 300 crores, the contractors will have to plant and maintain 1,000 trees plus one tree for each Re one crore value above Rs 300 crores.
Earlier, the contractors were required to plant 50 trees for projects valued between Rs 25 crores and Rs 100 crores, 100 trees for projects valued between Rs 100 crores and Rs 300 crores and 200 trees for projects valued above Rs 300 crores. The contractor, at his own cost, will plant at least five-ft-high trees of different varieties at the project site, or in any specified area, within the radius of 20 kms, if the space is not available at the project site,” the company said, adding that the plantation should be within six months from handing over of site to the contractor.
NBCC’s CMD Anoop Kumar Mittal said, “We are an environment-conscious corporate and sustainable development is our constant endeavour. In our ongoing green initiative, we have conducted plantation drives at all our project sites and planted 23,865 trees this monsoon season.” He said the NBCC incorporates green building features, using processes and materials that are environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient, right from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. The company is taking steps to minimise dust pollution and ensure zero discharge of waste, by recycling water, solid waste and demolition waste, Mittal said.