The National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) today agreed in the Delhi High Court to not cut trees till July 4 to re-develop six south Delhi colonies. NBCC made the statement after a vacation bench of the High Court said that it will impose an interim stay on tree felling. The court had initially asked NBCC to "stay its hands" till 2 July and asked the petitioner KK Mishra to approach the tribunal. The petitioner claimed, "There is a deficit of 9 lakh trees in Delhi". A protest was carried out by locals in the national capital. This comes at a time when the current average pollution level of Delhi is already at 300 Air Quality Index which falls in the category that risks life and limb of people.