NGT summons records on felling of trees along canal

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has summoned the records on the controversial felling of 24,000 fully grown eucalyptus, ‘sheesham’ and ‘keekar’ trees under a project to widen the 800-km-long Bist-Doab canal during the SAD-BJP rule.

In his report to the Principal Chief Conservator Forests, then Conservator of Forests (Shivalik) Charchil Kumar had said: “Forestland attracts provisions of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. The Act makes it mandatory to seek nod for diversion of forestland for non-forestry purposes from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.”

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