Nagpur, Nov 17: The deciduous trees in various parts of the city, including Ravinagar, were cut down about a month ago to display billboards. Environmentalists were outraged and lodged a complaint with the police.
The deciduous trees in various parts of the city, including Ravinagar, were cut down about a month ago to display billboards. Environmentalists were outraged and lodged a complaint with the police. NMC had also taken steps for action. However, he was not found guilty after a month. Environmentalists lamented that the government and administration are not very serious about environmental conservation and action is only on paper.
The banyan tree in Ravinnagar was cut down at midnight on October 12, citing the fact that the advertisement was not visible.
The Swachh Association had lodged a complaint with the Ambazhari police station against the illegal logging. But the action was only promised, but no action has been taken yet. Anusuya Kale-Chhabrani, president of the Khant Association, said that it is a serious matter that while the policy of environmental conservation is being formulated, it is a matter of serious concern.
The law must be enforced
If you want to cut a tree or a branch of a tree, you need to get permission from the Municipal Corporation or other planning authority under the Maharashtra Urban Tree Felling Act 1975. Anyone violating this can be fined up to Rs 1 lakh as per the law. The sentence can be up to six months. This law needs to be enforced. Environmentalists have demanded that the NOC of the park department be made mandatory while allowing hoardings.