HC pulls up DFO, MC Shimla over illegal green felling in the city


Himachal Pradesh High Court took a serious note on the news item published in daily newspapers dated 5th January 2018, regarding the felling of five more trees in the area of Ramnagar, Shimla. The HP High Court has directed the Divisional Forest Officer (Urban), Shimla and the Counsellor of Ram Nagar, Shimla to be present in the Court on 9th January 2018, i.e. next date of hearing. During the hearing of the petition, the Additional Advocate General assured the Court that the concerned officer shall forthwith visit the spot and take appropriate action, in accordance with law.

The Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel passed these orders on a petition taken up suo moto on an application moved by the people of Ram Nagar, who had alleged that they are fighting for saving the thick forest surrounding Ram Nagar, but in these days there is a trend that with the advanced technology, the trees are cut down within a minute and thereafter, taken away from the spot leaving no proof behind.

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The petitioners had also alleged in the petition that on the midnight of 13th July 2017, some of the trees were also cut down. But when the complaint in this regard was made, thereafter, on the interference of the Forest Officer, many of the trees were saved from cutting.

The petitioners had requested to issue the direction to the Forest Department to take strict action against the persons involved in the activities of cutting such trees and also to mark each and every tree in Ram Nagar so that the green trees of Devdar and Baan can be saved from the clutches of these miscreants. However, another instance of the felling of trees in the Ram Nagar area was brought to the notice of the High Court through news item published in various Hindi daily newspapers dated 5th January 2018.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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