November 21 | Authorities crack down on tree-felling
THE AUTHORITIES are taking step to stop residents from cutting trees without permission. Local forest officials said they plan to organize programmes that will educate residents on the rules governing granting of permission for cutting trees on private land.
They also said private developers would be prosecuted if trees were found felld in residential blocks.
The steps come after scale felling of trees by residents was reported by the Hindustan Times in its November 20 edition. “Residents continue to cut trees without any fear of the law,” said Devender Rao, Rang Officer, Haryana Forest Department.
On Wednesday, Rao went door to door along with local youth Vivek Kamboj, who belw the whistle on illegal cutting of trees in his locality in Ansl’s Sushant Lok and other private colonies.
Residents were called out of their houses and told that what they were doing was illegal. The residents, however, refused to accept the notices served by the forest authorities.
Rao in large parts also blamed maintenance agencies in private colonies for the illegal felling of trees, “These agencies have failed to check the illegal activity, apparently because they lack statutory powers or because they are not aware about the procedures,” he said.
Ansal’s maintenance arm SEML said it would take measures to stop the practice. “We have decided that the names along the house numbers of residents who cut trees without permission would be passed on the forest department for legal action. We also have decided to set up sign boards at strategic locations inside Sushant Lok, warning residents against cutting of trees,” said Dinesh Tyagi, senior manager facilities, SEML.
Forest authorities inspect an under-construction site where the trunk is all that is left of an illegally-felled tree.