High court allows Himachal to cut dangerous trees

September 22nd, 2008 - 10:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Sep 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court Monday granted permission to the state government to axe trees that were posing threat to life and property of the people in Shimla town.However, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice Deepak Gupta imposed a condition that for every felled tree, four trees would have to be planted by the government.

The court refused to grant blanket permission to the government for felling 150 trees which were termed dangerous by the forest department.

The state filed an affidavit wherein it had annexed the list of 414 trees by terming them as ‘green dangerous’, ‘green tilted dangerous’, ‘dry dangerous’ and ‘dry standing trees’.

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