Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live

UT to check illegal felling of trees in Fragrance Garden

- HT Live Correspond­ent chdlivedes­k@hindustant­imes.com

CHANDIGARH: Disposing of a public interest litigation highlighti­ng illegal felling of trees in Fragrance Garden in sector 36, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday directed the Chandigarh municipal corporatio­n to ensure that no such activities took place in the garden.

The petition, filed by Sudeep Mahajan of sector 36, came up for hearing before the division bench of acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain that directed the corporatio­n to depute two chowkidars at night in the garden to keep an eye on miscreants.

During the resumed hearing of the case, MC’s advocate informed the bench that around 250 more trees had been planted in the garden and 14 gardeners had been appointed.

On the petitioner’s submission, the bench also directed the municipal body to complete the work of constructi­ng the incomplete walking track in the garden at the earliest.

The bench ordered that it was also the corporatio­n’s duty to keep the garden litter free and clean.

The petitioner had sought directions for plantation of trees at least five times of the ones that had been cut or fallen because of any reason.

It was submitted that on the petitioner’s complaint a daily diary report was registered at police station sector-36 on February 12 last year regarding felling of trees in the Fragrance Garden.

But, when the petitioner inquired about the action taken in the case from the police station on April 24, he was informed that the case was closed as the supervisor of the horticultu­re department had permitted felling of trees.

Since then, the felling of trees had not only continued unabated but also intensifie­d recently, the bench was informed. The petitioner had also highlighte­d the ill maintenanc­e of the parks by authoritie­s.

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