Watch: Protests Force Delhi Environment Minister to Stop Tree Cutting

Protesters saved 30 trees marked for cutting in south Delhi this week and claimed a victory in reducing the city’s pollution. The government planned to chop trees to widen roads and ease traffic congestion, but protesters blamed illegal driving and sidewalk encroachments for the problem. After three nights of protests and night vigils, Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain met with citizens on July 4. He ordered the forest department to stop cutting trees until he reviews traffic reports.