Hyderabad: Telangana Forest Department has fined a vehicle showroom in Banjara Hills Rs 104,160 for illegally felling five trees that were blocking the view of the showroom. The Pride Honda showroom cut the trees on a Sunday morning, reportedly between 5 am and 7 am.
The Twitter handle of Citizens of Hyderabad, which works towards protecting the environment, took to the microblogging site to address the issue. They shared pictures of the chopped trees, and within two days, the matter was taken up by concerned officials.
5 fully grown trees from the public footpath was illegally denuded to pitiable condition in the early hours of Sunday by the employees of the Honda showroom to make it more visible from the road #Illegal🤬Residents called the police who took pics. @GHMCOnline Pls take action!!! pic.twitter.com/Cq2qzARCpF
— Citizens For Hyderabad (@CitizensForHyd) November 4, 2019
V Krishna, Deputy Conservator of Forests, tweeted a photo of the challan issued to the owner of the showroom.
The issue has been taken up with Forest Department. A case is registered. A penalty of Rs 1,04,160/- was imposed asper rules by the Forest Dept. Thanks for sharing the information 🙏 pic.twitter.com/cAZZ7VOJ1s
— Krishna DCF (@krishna_dcf) November 7, 2019
The citizens said that they are happy that some action has been taken, but they thought the fine amount for cutting five trees is very less. The Citizens of Hyderabad, in its tweet, said, “Thank you Sir. It breaks our heart to know that the price of illegally cutting 5 trees is so low & so easily forgiven. Shame on forest laws to undervalue the price of life giving trees. We aren’t over reacting if you consider the price we are paying because of such complacency!! (sic)”
Thank you Sir. It breaks our heart to know that the price of illegally cutting 5 trees is so low & so easily forgiven. #Shame on forest laws to undervalue the price of life giving trees. We aren’t over reacting if you consider the price we are paying because of such complacency!! https://t.co/FtKqFvXAP7
— Citizens For Hyderabad (@CitizensForHyd) November 7, 2019
Kajal Maheshwari, an environmental activist, told NewsMeter, “The better compensation would have been planting ten times the number of trees cut. They should also submit six months of progress report to the forest department for the next ten years until the 50 trees become strong.”
She added that the Pride Honda showroom owners should plant some trees as a part of their civic responsibility.