Even as the state government had ordered suspension of two junior forest officials in the wake of felling of 477 trees near Taradevi, the Shimla bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) had issued notices to the government and land owners.
Few days ago, over 477 trees were found axed near Taradevi, 13km from Shimla town, and forest department suspended deputy ranger and forest guard and also sought report from divisional forest officer.
On Thursday, Shimla bench of National Green Tribunal comprising chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, expert member DK Agrawal, judicial member Justice P Jyothimani and expert member AR Yousuf issued notice to state government and sought reply.
The bench also issued notice to all private owners on whose land the trees have been axed. It further stated that the state forest department should examine this aspect and serve notices on all private owners of land to be present before the Tribunal on January 8. All respondents may file their reply before the date.
Meanwhile, Shimla police has registered a case against land owner Parminder Kaur. Shimla superintendent of police (SP) DW Negi said, “The case has been registered under sections 30, 33 of the Indian Forest Act and 447 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”
Shimla divisional forest officer Vinod Sharma, who visited the spot, said several Oak wood have been recovered.
On Thursday, more trees were found axed in the forest. “The trees were cut without permission and report will be submitted to the government,” he added.
Shimla municipal corporation deputy mayor Tikender Singh Panwar said when he reached on the spot after information of fire, they found it was not natural fire but set by unknown people to destroy the axed Poplar trees. “Though trees are small but around 32 stumps can be seen there and it seems it was an act by land mafia,” said Panwar.
He also said a case would be filed against land owner under sections 339 and 340 of the Shimla Municipal Corporation Act, since the area falls within the boundary of municipal area.
477 trees found axed near Taradevi temple complex
32 Poplar trees and saplings were illegally axed in Shimla green area
FIR registered while forest department yet to file complaints for 32 trees
NGT issues notice to state government, land owner.