Hyderabad: Keesara Green Leaf Infra has been fined Rs 20 lakh for cutting down trees without permission
The forest department has imposed a heavy fine on a real estate company for cutting down trees on a large scale without any permits. PCCF R Shobha said the company, which had cut down hundreds of trees as part of expanding the venture, had been fined a whopping Rs 20 lakh. According to her …
Ten days ago, trees were heavily felled at Green Leaf Ventures, a resident of Bommaraspet, Keesara Mandal, Medchel Malkajgiri District. District Forest Officer Venkateshwarlu who received the complaint, conducted an inquiry.
Ventures confirmed that the ownership had cut down hundreds of huge trees without any permits. The officers who registered and investigated the case under the Walta Act imposed heavy fines in lieu of lost greenery.
Officials said they will also plant large-scale plants again with the same company in the same way. Forest officials said that prior permission from the forest department is required to cut down trees on one’s own land and one can also apply online. Officials said if anyone asked for permission to cut down trees, an inquiry would be held and permission would be granted as per the regulations, and the district forest officer, if a small amount, would have to give permission after the District Tree Protection Committee hearing if a large number of trees had to be removed.
In view of the priority given by the government to greenery through Harithaharam, deforestation should be avoided, but if necessary, the removal of trees should be done only after obtaining permits as per the law, said PCCF R. Shobha revealed.
Warning to Real Estate Companies: Afroz FRO
Keesara FRO Saleha Afroz has launched a full investigation into the incident of heavy felling of trees at Green Leaf Ventures, a resident of Bommaraspet, Keesara Mandal, Malkajgiri district, ten days ago as per the directions of the District Forest Officer and imposed a heavy fine.
In this case, the company proved to be a warning to the real estate companies by imposing a fine on each tree that was felled without any pressure. It is to increase greenery but it is clear that no one has the right to cut it down.
Keesara, who completed her training and joined the FRO duties on her first attempt to act transparently as a senior forest officer, cleverly completed the investigation and received the blessings of the forest superiors. FRO Saleha Afroz said on the occasion that it could be a warning to real estate companies not to cut down trees separately. She said the permission of the forest department must be obtained in case of deforestation in the future. DyRO Sivaprasad and FBO Jamappa assisted in the investigation.