Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has decided to initiate a probe against illegal felling of lacs of trees in the last 10 years. Endorsing it, the Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharmot told that unaccounted trees have been chopped on the banks of numbers of canals and roads across the State, during the last 10 years. The decision has been taken after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) held the forest Officers responsible for illegal felling of 24,777 trees to widen Bist-Doab canal in 2016
The decision of NGT had come after the filing of complaint of felling 24,777 eucalyptus, Sheesham and acacia trees. In its observation, the NGT found senior Officers deliberately ignored the rules and no permission had been sought from the Ministry of Environment. Minister Dharmsot said that under the leadership of senior Officer, the probe of illegal felling of trees would be conducted .He told if any employee or political people are found responsible will not be spared. He also told that the Government has been keeping watch of wood-mafia.
Sources in the Department told that a comprehensive report from the Principal Chief Conservation of Forest has already been submitted regarding to illegal felling of Khair trees to the Minister. Earlier a complaint cell also had been set up to lodge a complaint. But no strict action has been taken till now.