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5 more types of trees can be cut without permission

The Haryana forest department has increased the number of trees that do not require permission for cutting.

india Updated: May 07, 2011 00:57 IST
Eshani Mathur

The Haryana forest department has increased the number of trees that do not require permission for cutting.

The government has amended Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act,1900.

Previously, only two trees were there in the exempted list namely eucalyptus and poplar.

New trees added to the list include bakain, bamboo, tut, guava and Ailanthus increasing the number to seven.

“These trees are used as crops in rural areas therefore do not require any permission before cutting. Farmers also use the newly added trees as crops that are why this decision has been taken,” Devinder Rao, forest range officer said.The decision is not supported by environmentalists as the number of trees is reducing every year.

The rule should be applicable only in rural areas as they are not treated as crops in urban areas. However, environmentalists have criticised the action.

“It is not a sensible decision taken by the department. The green cover is reducing at a fast pace. Many trees are being cut illegally. By taking this step and exempting more trees it is just going to make matters difficult for the city,” Vivek Kamboj, noted environmentalist said.