Rs 10 lakh fine on land owners for felling 477 trees in Shimla

SHIMLA- In a first, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered three persons — the owner of the land, a hotelier and his agent — to pay a fine of Rs 10 lakh to the forest department for allegedly chopping 477 trees in Shimla in private land and part of reserve forest land. The bench has also ordered FD to plant 4770 trees on the land in question and the remaining trees that cannot be accommodated to be planted in plots close by. HP departments informed that Amrik Singh Nagpal, a resident of Chandigarh and a hotelier, his agent, Parveen Sharma and Parminder Kaur, owner of the land had no permissions to fell any trees.

It is also confirmed that the trees have been felled illegally, unauthorizedly and without permission of any of the competent authority. The HP departments that investigated the case submitted that the value of the wood from the felled trees is about 35 lakh and there is possibility of some stumps re-growing. ~ TNN

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